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From: tneidt@××××××.com
To: "gentoo-dev@××××××××××.org" <gentoo-dev@××××××××××.org>
Subject: [gentoo-dev] Thanks! (kernel question)
Date: Mon, 18 Jun 2001 18:22:54
1 Hello All Gentoo Developers!
3 I would like to introduce myself and thank everyone for the effort that
4 you have put into creating an exceptional GNU/Linux distribution. I
5 have successfully installed Gentoo on a 900 MHz Anthlon, 128 MB mem, 40
6 GB hd, a 300 MHz Pentium II, 128 MB mem, 10 GB hd, and even an ageing
7 Pentium 166 MHz, 16 MB mem, 2 GB hd notebook. I will try and sort
8 through my notes on getting Gentoo up and running on these machines and
9 post feedback comments to the group. Hopefully, these will be of use to
10 someone.
12 I noticed that Daniel had added linux-2.4.5-ac5 to the package.mask due
13 to lock up problems. I have experienced similiar problems after my
14 kernel was inadvertenly upgraded while upgrading another package
15 (presumbly before 2.4.5 was added to package.mask). The problem seemed
16 to be premature and runaway swappage, especially when dealing with large
17 files. Reviewing the kernel mailing list indicates this to be a known
18 problem. However, I do not experience the swapping problems with the
19 2.4.4-ac5 kernel. This brings me to my long-winded question. The
20 consensus on the kernel mailing list seems to be that you need to have
21 swap=2*RAM for 2.4 kernels. Unfortunately, I partitioned my drives with
22 swap=1*RAM (habit from the 2.2 series I suppose). I would be interested
23 in how much swap relative to RAM other gentoo users have partitioned
24 and whether they have been experiencing similar problems. I need to
25 decide if I should repartition for swap = 2 * RAM now to avoid
26 problems with future updates to the kernel.
28 Once again, thanks for the good work.
30 Tod Neidt


Subject Author
Re: [gentoo-dev] Thanks! (kernel question) Daniel Robbins <drobbins@g.o>