[squid-users] swap.state growing large

From: Chris Wilson <chris@dont-contact.us>
Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2004 15:10:35 +0000 (GMT)

Hi all,

I'm trying to configure Squid to run on machines with no writable
permanent storage (just a ramdisk) and little memory. I've allocated a
4Mb ramdisk for the Squid cache. Ideally I would like to disable disk
caching entirely and have Squid only use RAM, but I haven't figured out
how to do that yet.

It has been working very well under light usage, however today Squid
stopped working due to insufficient disk space on the ramdisk. When I
investigated, I found that swap.state was using almost all the 4Mb space.

The current swap configuration is:

  cache_mem 1 MB
  maximum_object_size 1024 KB
  cache_dir ufs /cache 2 4 16

  (most other options are left at defaults).

which I hoped would be enough to keep the cache small. Indeed, the cache
dirs themselves don't get too big, but the size of swap.state is a real

Does this file normally grow without bounds, and if so, can it be avoided
in any way? I would rather lose performance than risk having Squid crash,
or being forced to restart it regularly.

I found some articles which seem related:

* Joe Cooper asked if it was possible to run without a swap.state file,
  and nobody replied directly as far as I can see:

* Dancer thinks that swap on tmpfs is not a good idea, but doesn't say
  why: [http://www.squid-cache.org/mail-archive/squid-users/199912/0455.html]

Thanks in advance for your help,

Cheers, Chris.

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