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Old 01-16-2010, 06:35 AM   #1
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Toram or not Toram...and the Memory remains the same....?!


So I made a neat little fluxbox distro(another one?)
actually its the latest incarnation of 503box

anyway; with Debian Live (which its made from)
one of the boot parameters is

boot in TORAM mode, as you see there above link..

Specifically I used

which isnt listed but actually works better
as it only boots the compressed fs into RAM

using just "toram" the whole cd/iso,etc is booted into RAM

Anyway; so for some reason the memory usages
are about the same no matter whether booting toram
or not?!

Heres Proof; using "free"

at each boot I am booting off 2GB fat32 usb
on a Desktop PC.

Heres Debian's default live boot not toram, no persistent (usb mounted)

so it using about 80MB RAM?

Heres in toram/no persistent mode(no drives mounted...usb/cd removable)


how that be red?


the squashfs filesystem is 340MB shot into ram
so why isnt the mem usage higher?

heres some more pics- note that all the mem usage is about the same..

no toram, persistent usb both usb partitions mounted

toram, persistent usb only persistent partition is mounted (sda2)

at boot it gives message when using toram mode
mount -t tmpfs -o 343632k /dev/shm /live/image_swap

so is that weird or is it supposed to be that way?

Maybe I'm reading FREE wrong?
I always do....

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Old 01-16-2010, 08:30 AM   #2
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mem usage is higher, you have 263MB more in filesystem cache.
Old 01-16-2010, 08:31 AM   #3
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Yeah I saw that
I always read that damn free thing wrong

OH, so much ram is being consumed in default notoram mode?


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