FreeBSD 7.0-RC2 Available

Thomas Hurst tom.hurst at
Sat Feb 16 11:52:53 UTC 2008

* Dag-Erling Sm?rgrav (des at wrote:

> Not cost-effective?  What is the "street price" of 16 GB disk space
> these days?  About the same as a couple of Big Macs?

That's roughly half of a common 36G SCSI drive, and still a fairly
significant chunk of a 73G one.  Granted, you probably don't get all
that many high-memory systems with just one or two dinky disks.

For us, our systems with the most memory have little need for much
storage or IO; they have a pair of mirrored 73G SAS drives and 20G of
memory; they currently run with 2G of swap, which if they ever have to
use, will make them useless.  Blowing 30% of available local storage on
swap doesn't really make sense; we're much more likely to have 20G
application cores than kernel ones.

Speaking of, it'd be really nice if you could interrupt the generation
of coredumps; big ones take a while.  Perhaps the dump loop could check
kern.coredump every few thousand pages and exit early if it's 0?

Thomas 'Freaky' Hurst

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