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Caveat - Swap Partition Overflow
Authored by: EatingPie on Nov 19, '03 02:44:17PM

If you do move your swap to a new partition with Panther, you must make sure that partition is large enough to not overflow.

I tested with a 5GB partition and 1GB RAM. This partition size will always (eventually) overflow, causing random application crashing.

After thorough monitoring of Panther's VM, I believe you need at least 8GB, with 10GB or larger being an even safer bet.

This varies with the number of applications you run, but in my testing I ran just enough to fill my 1GB RAM. Here is the list of applications I started:

Finder
Classic
Terminal
Safari
X11
iTunes
iPhoto (w/1200 photos)
Sherlock
Eudora 6
ircle 3.1f2
Fire
Photoshop
Graphic Converter
Activity Monitor

Using Activity Monitor, it shows my RAM as almost full, and 6.3GB of VM allocated. But this is without doing any real work in these applications... I just started them until my RAM filled. Once I begin working with these apps, my VM will need room to grow.

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-Pie


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