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"Readyboost" like feature in next version of linux mint

Posted: Wed Mar 17, 2010 10:37 pm
by samMD
Can we see a feature similar to ready boost in windows vista/7 in linux mint 9 which uses flash drives to store app data which is used most often?

Re: "Readyboost" like feature in next version of linux mint

Posted: Fri Mar 19, 2010 5:22 pm
by exploder
The newer kernel should give us quite a speed boost. :)

Re: "Readyboost" like feature in next version of linux mint

Posted: Fri Mar 19, 2010 6:54 pm
by DrHu
I voted No, and I see it looks like 100% No..
I don't think it is needed, it is more gimmicky than real..
--unless using a slower flash drive instead of the hard drive the OS is installed onto, works for you..

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ReadyBoost
  • ReadyBoost is a component of Microsoft Windows, first introduced with Microsoft's Windows Vista in 2006 and also included with Windows 7 (2009). It works by using flash memory, a USB pen drive, SD card, CompactFlash, external hard drive or any kind of portable flash mass storage system as a drive for disk cache.
    ReadyBoost is also used to facilitate SuperFetch, an updated version of Windows XP's prefetcher which performs analysis of boot-time disk usage patterns and creates a cache which is used in subsequent system boots

Re: "Readyboost" like feature in next version of linux mint

Posted: Fri Mar 19, 2010 7:39 pm
by AK Dave
The "ReadyBoost" gimmick is easily created in any bog-standard linux.

Simply: insert a suitable USB flash drive, partition it as /swap, and mount it as /swap. Presto!

You can toggle it on and off if you want. You could script it so that when your "ReadyBoost" drive is inserted, it is automatically mounted as /swap and your vm.swappiness is reconfigured to make maximal use of this space. Then, when you want it dismounted, your script reverses everything and dismounts the drive.

But since ReadyBoost is USUALLY used by plugging in a flash drive and leaving it there 24/7, the simple solution is to do the same in linux. Insert the drive, partition it, mount it as /swap, and fix your vm.swappiness to whatever level you want it at. It really IS just that simple. You don't even need to partition! You can have a swap file instead of a swap partition!

You can take this a step further. In addition to mounting /swap on the flash drive, mount your /tmp tree on the flash drive.

Re: "Readyboost" like feature in next version of linux mint

Posted: Fri Apr 15, 2011 5:37 am
by Benet_
It is clear, in case of Readyboost failure it should be customized the same way as a new cialis installed?

Re: "Readyboost" like feature in next version of linux mint

Posted: Fri Apr 15, 2011 6:51 am
by AlbertP
Use the command sudo mkswap /dev/sdXY to make a swap on an existing (non-swap) partition.
Then turn on the swap, put this line into /etc/fstab:

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/dev/hdXY none swap defaults 0 0

Some people say this line is needed (I haven't tried this myself):
/dev/hdXY swap swap defaults 0 0
You can also turn it on by sudo swapon /dev/hdXY, but the swapon command is not saved after shutting down the system.

Re: "Readyboost" like feature in next version of linux mint

Posted: Sat Apr 16, 2011 7:28 am
by Mozenrath
Readyboost is worthless. Show me a case where readyboost would make a noticeable difference, and I'll vote yes.