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I am new to Linux & Slackware, I want to create a memory partition (with ram) in order to speed up a particular program. How do I do it?, this program runs on SAMBA server and old windows 98 (long story).
How much memory should I have?
Thanks a lot.
Put it in your cd drive, reboot the computer, and you should get the gparted desktop, with a pretty gui for resizing your partitions. Use it to see if you already have a swap partition (It would be smaller than the others and it's type will be labled "swap" or "Linux/Solaris swap".). If you don't, select a partition to shrink, and use the resize tool to shrink it down by twice the amount of RAM your computer has. Then select "create a new partition" in that empty space and when it asks for a type, select "swap". Have it apply these changes.
Slack should autodetect your swap partitions and use them.
Codeguy, We are running a small DOS program written on Clipper about a zillion years ago. I have about 10 users, the program (all files) is about 400MB. The original program was design to run on Novell Network 3.12 version I installed slackware 10.0 and created a samba server and the system improved. The Database has about 15 years of history it slowing down to the point of crashing the high demand days.
I believe if I improve the access time the system will give us the response we need.
I read about a tmpfs, a partition that runs in memory and the Idea is to load the program in this memory and create some type of crone or mirroring system to avoid complete crashes.
Since RAM is about 100times faster than a 7200 rmp hardrive, I am betting on it.
The server is a Pentium IV with 1 GB, I plan to buy another Pentium IV with more RAM and better performance, load the minimum since this is the only application we run.
On the speed testing had multiple files, most of them small, but you are right.
My hub is 100Mb, and I and the work station is a PIII 700Mhz with win98. The program will not run on anything higher.
I will check NIC's configuration. I will be changing the server for a faster one anyway. The current server is a P IV 1Gb Ram.
Also do ping's from workstation to server, do you have 100% success? Any errors? If you do that could be a cabling problem. If a cable is too long or unshielded and running over a power source (lights, computers, microwaves, etc) it will cause packet loss.