Gerald I. Evenden
gie at charon.er.usgs.gov
Mon Jul 3 08:00:00 EDT 1995
>To: grassu-list at max.cecer.army.mil
>From: D.W.Wheatley at soton.ac.uk (David Wheatley)
>Subject: Re: fast mapcalc
>>>Most Unix workstations allow you to define a ram-disk. If you have enough
>>>RAM you can copy your location to the ram-disk and then run grass normally.
>>>Jim Hinthorne Voice: 509-963-2826
>>Ram-disk? ... Unix?
>>I'm sorry. I've only been playing on Unix since about 1983, a short
>>timer, and *do not* claim to be a guru, but I have never heard of
>>such a thing as "ram-disk" mentioned in the same breath as Unix.
>This is rubbish: exactly the kind of half-witted mis-information which gives
>newsgroups a bad name.
I don't know how you arrive at that conclusion, but I will ignore it
since it seem to be coming from a boor.
>Some (if not all) unices DO in fact allow 'ram-disks' or whatever you want to
>call it. Slakware LINUX, for example, relies on this feature in order to insta
>itself. In case any true unix anoraks want to know how to do it, you mount
>it like any other disk with an entry in /etc/fstab something like this:
># device directory type options freq pass
>/dev/ramdisk /ramdisk ext2 defaults
>to find out if your flavour of UNIX can do this, check to see if the device
>driver /dev/ramdisk (or something like it) exists. If it does then you can.
I cannot find any such beast on three different architectures, nor any
reference to such an animal.
Just because Linux has it does not mean it is common. Linux may carry
a bit of DOS baggage.
Rather than be so vague in your claim, name some specific non-Linux
systems having such a beast.
>Of course you DO need to be root in order to mount a partition, so this
>might not be the correct solution to the original question ...
Lastly, I did not say it did not exist. I said I have never heard of it.
Have a nice day.
Gerald (Jerry) I. Evenden Internet: gie at charon.er.usgs.gov
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