Re: VM Requirement Document - v0.0

Date: Thu Jun 28 2001 - 07:20:09 EST

> If individual pages could be classified as code (text segments),
> data, file cache, and so on, I would specify costs to the paging
> of such pages in or out. This way I can make the system perfer
> to drop a file cache page that has not been accessed for five
> minutes, over a program text page that has not been acccessed
> for one hour (or much more).

This would be extremely useful. My laptop has 256mb of ram, but every day
it runs the updatedb for locate. This fills the memory with the file
cache. Interactivity is then terrible, and swap is unnecessarily used. On
the laptop all this hard drive thrashing is bad news for battery life
(plus the fact that laptop hard drives are not the fastest around). I
purposely do not run more applications than can comfortably fit in the
256mb of memory.

If fact, to get interactivity back, I've got a small 10 liner that mallocs
memory to *force* stuff into swap purely so I can have a large block of
memory back for interactivity.

Something simple that did "you haven't used this file for 30mins, flush it
out of the cache would be sufficient"

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