[Techtalk] factory install of linux & its partition allocation

Little Girl littlergirl at gmail.com
Tue Apr 26 17:42:39 UTC 2011

Hey there,

John Sturdy wrote:
> Little Girl wrote:
> > Anne Wainwright wrote:

> >> I recently purchased a new laptop with a factory install of
> >> ubuntu. The partitioning scheme seems really weird.
> ...
> >> 2.5GB linux swap              dev/sda9
> >> 4.9GB linux swap              dev/sda7
> >> 6.1GB linux swap              dev/sda5
> > On a serious note, though, that does seem like someone went
> > partition crazy and didn't know what they were doing. I have to
> > say I'm jealous of your three swap partitions, though. How does
> > it run?
> Done like this, I can't see any real sense to it.  Three swap
> partitions on three different physical drives might get you a
> performance improvement, as all the drives can be active at once;
> but this would depend on the memory access pattern, and if you've
> got so much swapping going on that you need parallel drive activity
> to support it, the price of the extra drives is probably better
> spent on more RAM!

It's a good thing that's what most of us do rather than doing some
strange, creative partitioning system. (:

Little Girl

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