[LAU] all in ram?

alex stone compose59 at gmail.com
Thu Mar 5 02:15:07 EST 2009

Thanks Gentlemen, lots of food for thought in your suggestions and

I'm definitely interested in building a 'vanilla' OS, stripped down to be as
lean as possible.

The swapoff command i didn't know about, so i'll have a look at that. That
may well be sufficient, but i'll test it, and see what happens.

Joel, i don't have problems with the regular setup, i'm just aiming for the
leanest, most efficient, stable setup i can get. You may well be right, that
what i have is close to ok now, and could just benefit from a tweak or two
here and there.

Julien, i've taken notes from your ideas. I like the idea of a text only
based OS for LS, as i use this now for opening regular templates. Makes
sense to me getting rid of cpu munching possibilities of a gui, and just
work at the most efficient interface possible.

James, i'd need to go through the processes i don't need, but having disks
as read only makes sense to me. I've already got two dedicated sample disks
that i keep scrupulously clean that are pretty well read only in my natural
workflow, so the 'habit' is already embedded.

Again, thanks fellas. This sort of info is highly useful for me, and
possibly others.


On Thu, Mar 5, 2009 at 2:45 AM, Joel Roth <joelz at pobox.com> wrote:

> On Thu, Mar 05, 2009 at 12:07:57AM +0300, alex stone wrote:
> > I have a question about running linux in ram.
> >
> >
> > The Scenario.
> >
> > I'm researching building a dedicated Lsampler box, running headless, with
> > netjack doing the ins and outs.
> >
> > Given the usually large templates i run (full orchestra), including a lot
> of
> > articulations, i'm wondering how feasible it would be to build a
> barebones
> > Linux OS, with linuxsampler as the sole app, more or less, (and required
> > libs, etc...), and run the entire thing in ram, that is, the OS,
> Lsampler,
> > and samples.
> >
> > Is this possible, and if someone's already tried this in some form or
> other
> > successfully or otherwise, could you share some experiences, pros and
> cons,
> > etc... ?
> >
> > I would be doing all this in Linux 64bit, if it has some decent
> advantages.
> Are you running into problems with a conventional setup?
> Generally Linux pages whatever you need into RAM, and
> anything that isn't used much gets swapped out. So without
> doing anything, you might already be close to a
> configuration that will work for you.
> The leads me to suggest doing the job the vanilla way, then
> adding optimizations incrementally to improve performance
> to what you need.
> I don't think that going headless, in itself, will give
> you any benefits as far as your system's memory use.
> AFAIK, you don't need to strip down your environment, as
> having all the development tools and coveniences on disk
> won't affect your memory consumption.
> Joel
> > Alex.
> >
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