[kern/60555] vinum volume as a swap device not possible on FreeBSD 5.2.1

Adrian Wontroba aw1 at stade.co.uk
Fri May 14 20:22:08 PDT 2004

On Sat, May 15, 2004 at 03:36:11AM +0200, Conrad Burger wrote:

> I am trying to mirror a servers swap partition using vinum, but it
> doesn't seem to be possible in FreeBSD 5.2.1.
> Just need to know if I should downgrade to 5.1 ?  

There is a lengthy thread about this in -current (which I sometimes
read, but don't run).

The situation seems to be:

* swap is supported by geom in later 5.* releases.

* Other types of disk usage are soon to be moved to geom. So vinum soon
  won't work for ufs either.

* Vinum does not yet support geom, but should in due course.

* No release 5.* release will be called "production" until it has a
  working software mirror system and upgrade path.

Looks like downgrading to 5.1 (or even the current production release
(4.9, soon to be 4.10)), is your best short-term option.  Or do without
mirrored swap.

Adrian Wontroba
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