Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 43322
RFE: Prefer swapfiles rather than swap partitions at install.
Last modified: 2007-04-18 12:33:33 EDT
Enhancement Request: Create swapfiles rather than swap partitions at install.
1. Swapfiles can be resized without having to repartition. Also, this
would make it possible to install RHL on dual-boot machines that for
various reasons don't support out-of-order partitions or strange booting
strategies. (IMO, it should be possible to install RHL in a single
partition anywhere without having to repartition.)
2. AFAIK bad blocks that develop after mkswap can't be remapped. This is
not the case for swap files.
3. The performance loss for using swapfiles is negligible.
(Of course, there's alot to be considered here -- e.g. if RedHat starts
shipping ext3, what happens to system performance if users enable -o
journal=data on root fs ... but I think this is definitely something to be
I don't think we want to do this this time around.