[linux-audio-user] The trouble with disks

John Anderson ardour at semiosix.com
Thu Dec 18 07:58:41 EST 2003

On Thu, 2003-12-18 at 14:15, Anahata wrote:
> On Thu, Dec 18, 2003 at 01:21:25PM +0200, John Anderson wrote:
> > On Thu, 2003-12-18 at 13:09, Robert Jonsson wrote:
> > 
> > I have mine at /mnt/ramfs, with jack thusly configured. I read somewhere
> > that ramfs is purely memory based, whereas tmpfs can use disk as backup
> > if it needs to expand.
> > 
> Does ramfs create a preallocated fixed size ramdisk?
> If so, this will reduce your available memory and thus may increase the
> swap partition usage.

I don't think this would be the case with a gig of ram, which is usually
300 - 500 meg of disk cache.

> Using tmpfs lets the system decide dynamically the
> balance of disk usage between tempfs and swap, which may give better
> results.

Just tried using tmfs instead of ramfs, and it doesn't seem to make a


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