Tuning for very little RAM

Bill Moran wmoran at potentialtech.com
Wed Jan 6 12:25:34 UTC 2010

In response to Da Rock <freebsd-questions at herveybayaustralia.com.au>:

> Its been a while- work's has been keeping me very busy for months now.
> I have revived an old laptop which has very little RAM, and it is
> absolutely hammering the swap.
> I'm trying to set it up as a demo for some skeptics with no money, so I
> need email, internet (with plugins), openoffice, acrobat, and wine.
> Aside from all that though, for the academics of it how can I help this
> situation? The laptop has around 100MB RAM, with 16k free, and has a new
> install of FreeBSD 8.0.

The most obvious thing to do is reduce the number of running programs.
Go through /etc/ttys, for example, and disable all but one or two consoles,
and edit /etc/rc.conf to disable anything that you don't need on the
system (possible sendmail, syslog?, etc)

Bill Moran

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