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Re: Recommendation on partition sizes




On Tue, Nov 06, 2018 at 09:09:16AM -0500, Stefan Monnier wrote:
I was reading about swap recently and fell upon (like a sword) this
remark from 2005 from Andrew Morton:

  Create the swapfile when the filesystem is young and empty, it'll be
  nice and contiguous.  Once created the kernel will never add or
  remove blocks.

He's talking about swap *files*: space in file systems tends to fragment.

It's pretty unusal for a typical filesystem to be so fragmented these days that a new swapfile would have issues, unless the filesystem is really full. (All of the current major fs's use extent-based allocation and will write a file in a single contiguous block if possible.) So overall I'd consider this an issue of mostly historical interest.