tiger98 at iol.ie
Tue Jul 27 11:58:09 IST 2004
The general concensus is that 4GB is to big and 512MB would be loads.
This box would be headless so no GUI would be needed.
I was not planning on running squid on this box.
>From the research I did on the MUVO it does use
flash and this is causing the supplier a problem
as people are breaking them to get the cheap memory.
If all logs are lost on power down does this cause any
problems on the next startup.
I assume RAM disk, RAM drive are the same thing they
both use ram to create a virtual drive ???
On Tue, 2004-07-27 at 00:34, Niall O Broin wrote:
> On Monday 26 July 2004, tiger98 at iol.ie (Philip Creevy) wrote:
> >I am going to use smoothwall to set up a firewall.
> >I was planning on using a via mini-itx system with a
> >flash drive of about 4GB and a 512MB ram drive.
> Yo don't need anywhere near that much flash for a smoothwall, unless you're
> planning to run Squid out of flash. Here's a df output from a diskful smoothie
> I manage:
> Filesystem Type Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on
> /dev/harddisk4 ext3 7.0G 4.1G 2.9G 59% /
> /dev/harddisk1 ext3 7.6M 3.3M 4.3M 43% /boot
> /dev/harddisk3 ext3 510M 73M 414M 19% /var/log
> Of the 4.1G in /, 4.0G is /var/squid and /var/log usage is:
> 8.0K /var/log/dmesg
> 324K /var/log/httpd
> 1.6M /var/log/iptraf
> 4.0K /var/log/lastlog
> 16K /var/log/lost+found
> 0 /var/log/maillog
> 9.4M /var/log/messages
> 0 /var/log/secure
> 19M /var/log/snort
> 0 /var/log/spooler
> 27M /var/log/squid
> 20K /var/log/wtmp
> >The idea is to have a silent system with no moving parts.
> >The question is what directory's are changed a lot
> Just had a look on the above smoothie : /etc & /tmp should nearly cover it
> (besides /var, of course)
> >besides VAR also how much data would be generated
> >and how often would they need to be emptyed.
> Make guessstimates from the above.
> >Will I have a problem if there is no swap drive.
> No, as long as you have sufficient RAM. I've 384M on that box, and 180M or so
> is used for buffer/cache - so 256M would be enough, even WITH squid.
> >If VAR is in the ram drive and I turn off the system
> >will I loose any system data.
> Yes, yes you will - a smoothie keeps a LOT of system data in /var. Best mount
> /var/log on the RAMdisk.
> >Note: The flash drive can be got from a MUVO, the muvo sells in peats for
> Is that flash though? I'm pretty sure that the 4GB muvo uses the same tiny
> hard disk as the iPod mini. Mind you from the noise POV it probably hardly
> matters - I imagine those disks are rather quiet.
Philip Creevy <tiger98 at iol.ie>
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