[linux-audio-user] Filesystem: Ardour / SWD / Laptop

Rocco linuxmedia4 at netscape.net
Tue Sep 30 02:41:01 EDT 2003

>> I am trying to setup my new laptop to be a very friendly
 >> environment for multimedia editing and software

> Currently I use:
> tmpfs for /tmp
> The /tmp setting makes much more of a difference than anything else 
> though...

I would really recommend that people use tmpfs for /tmp (mounts /tmp in 
ram). I googled "tmpfs" and there were some very good articles out there.

I've been meaning to pose this question for a while, so maybe this is a 
good time to do it. Am I the only one out there that has their "Record 
Directory" mounted as a tmpfs? I went out and bought a half a gig of ram 
and brought my ram up to over 700 Megs of Ram. Now I just move all my 
audio files into the "Record Directory" (in other words, in Ram) and 
record out of that. Of course, I periodically copy the newly recorded 
file to the hard drive.

The only thing is... I can't vouch for this approach because I havn't 
had more than 2 (sterio 48000) wavs playing and 1 sterio 48000 wav being 
recorded to at the same time. But there hasn't been so much as one 
hiccup. But I guess the reason I haven't mentioned about this approach 
is because I've (many times before) thought I stumbled on to something 
great, only to find out that it wasn't as good as it looked on the 
outside. But I have the feeling I'm going to keep getting good 
performance from this meathod. And with the price of Ram these days, 
it's an affordable approach.


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