[BL] Swap file etc
SheldonIsaac at MyRealBox.com
Sun Jan 15 14:20:00 EST 2006
Swap file etc problem
Hi, may I ask for help with this? I have BL 3.40 installed to /dev/hda8,
and after monkeying with Damn Small Linux 2.0, wondered about using "the
same" file or something for swap with the two Linuxes and Windows 98.
It turned out that if there's already a file on /dev/hdb5, I can't seem to
do the dd if=/dev/zero stuff to it more than once, because soon am
told there's no room on the partition, despite my having said rm -fr *
And the file swapfile shows up as zero bytes.
So in "desperation", I reformatted it, like below. That allows the dd to
work, but there's a puzzling thing: how can there be a swap file if it's
Is there by any chance a "mkdosfs" I could use?
All comments and advice are welcomed.
Filesystem Size Used Available Use% Mounted on
/dev/hda8 98.7M 69.0M 24.6M 74% /
/dev/hda1 900.3M 465.9M 434.4M 52% /hd/cee
total used free shared buffers
Mem: 258176 81344 176832 620 70392
Swap: 61432 0 61432
Total: 319608 81344 238264
(I think this is /proc/swaps)
Filename Type Size Used Priority
/mnt/swapfile file 61432 0 -1
(part of /etc/rc)
mount /dev/hdb5 /mnt/
rm -fr /mnt/*
dd if=/dev/zero of="$swpf" bs=1M count=60
mkswap -v1 "$swpf"
swapon "$swpf" 2>/dev/null
e2fsck -pf /dev/hda8 2>/dev/null
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