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Old 09-26-2004, 04:00 AM   #1
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Talking linux windows common swap

Good morning!!!
Have u ever tried to create a common partition between linux and windows??

Have u ever read the following manual??

I have suse 9.1 and windows 2000
Do u know if a common fat 32 partition for linux swap will cause any performance degradation???

I am asking because i know that linux has a specific filesystem for swap...

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Old 09-26-2004, 05:04 AM   #2
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The article looks quite dated. It actually talks about RedHat Linux 6.0 and Windows 3.1 (also 95 and 98)!! Now that's a bit old...

I doubt whether you could create a common swap between Linux and Windows with Windows 2000 or XP and later versions of Linux.

Just not worth it, in my opinion. Apart from a few hundred MB (in these days of 40 and 80 GB hard-disks), what do you gain out of it?
Old 09-26-2004, 10:15 AM   #3
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Typically Windows is going to require a larger swap space than Linux, so you'll have less room for linux =o(

Additionally, the swaps are different file system types. Windows2000 creates a file on a fat32 or ntfs drive, where Linux in most cases uses a partition specifically formatted for use as swap, which windows can't use.
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Swapping to a file in a file system on Linux (as opposed to a swap partition) does degrade performance. The reason is, of course, that every call from the swap subsystem must go through the file system. If you have a swap partition, then the swap subsystem can make raw read/write to the disk.



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