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Old 06-18-2003, 07:52 AM   #16
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fair enough
Old 06-18-2003, 09:30 AM   #17
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You can find out with the command swap off whether your system tolerates no swap space. Or use one of the many system monitors.

@scocha: I use a minimum amount of disk space in the shared partition to be comfortably able to store a CD-Image (900 MB), for obvious reasons.

Old 06-18-2003, 11:14 AM   #18
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I like to use cfdisk...... Alot better than dos fdisk.... You can make partitions of every imaginable file system with cfdisk(Slack disk).... I'll warn you tho... It seems if you make an extra FAT32 partition with it(primary), 98 will list it twice..... So you'll have C, D and E when you should only have C and D... Really screwy. I've come to the conclusion that it's all 98's fault.... ;-) 98 likes to be the only primary partition even tho you are allowed 3..... Notice how fdisk won't let you have more than one primary if 98 is already installed? I tried bypassing that by using cfdisk and 98 flipped it's lid in "My Computer"... I don't know... Also having a /boot partition is pretty much pointless, especially a 70 mb one. /boot will never use more than 2 or 3 mb..... Up to you. I like to keep my partitioning as clean as possible.... If you dont make a /boot it just get's thrown on /. If you use multiple distro's it's nice to just have one root partition for each and then share a swap for all of them... make the swap 1mb or make it 10gb... Up to you.... :-)

Old 06-18-2003, 11:41 AM   #19
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Originally posted by acid_kewpie
it never hurts to have some, but it will rarely get used to any real extent, and often wouldn't be missed.
*Attempting to stay out of the argument but post to the discussion... I would have to agree. I've not used a swap partition at all since I went above 512MB RAM. That was even when I was running a webserver with mysql/php, FTP, NFS, SSH, many apps running, surfing, all kinds of things.

Swap is over-rated, over-sold and impressed into everyones mind as a necessity. I think we should tend to dispell this for the average n00b so they don't worry about making 2 and 3 Gig partitions for swap...

Old 06-18-2003, 02:21 PM   #20
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I'll probably just go big on everything, like a gig for swap. I have a 450mhz pII with 96mb ram so I guess I'd use some swap. I'd probably buy a whole new computer before I get much more ram. I think I'll just do minimal for win98 and make a 10GB for applications and data to be shared. I really hope that I can dump windows completly very soon. I don't really care too much about the latest and greatest aps for windows that are out there. I'd say the biggest software I use is perfect office 9 and other aps that have been around for awhile. I'm really interested in trying to use wine or something like that to run those things so hopefully I can dump windows. Anyway, this weekend hopefully I'll find the time to setup linux so I can start asking real questions.

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