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SubjectRe: Creating compressed backing_store as swapfile
On Mon, Nov 5, 2018 at 9:37 PM Austin S. Hemmelgarn
<ahferroin7@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> On 11/5/2018 10:58 AM, Adam Borowski wrote:
> > On Mon, Nov 05, 2018 at 08:31:46PM +0530, Pintu Agarwal wrote:
> >> Hi,
> >>
> >> I have one requirement:
> >> I wanted to have a swapfile (64MB to 256MB) on my system.
> >> But I wanted the data to be compressed and stored on the disk in my swapfile.
> >> [Similar to zram, but compressed data should be moved to disk, instead of RAM].
> >>
> >> Note: I wanted to optimize RAM space, so performance is not important
> >> right now for our requirement.
> >>
> >> So, what are the options available, to perform this in 4.x kernel version.
> >> My Kernel: 4.9.x
> >> Board: any - (arm64 mostly).
> >>
> >> As I know, following are the choices:
> >> 1) ZRAM: But it compresses and store data in RAM itself
> >> 2) frontswap + zswap : Didn't explore much on this, not sure if this
> >> is helpful for our case.
> >> 3) Manually creating swapfile: but how to compress it ?
> >> 4) Any other options ?
> >
> > Loop device on any filesystem that can compress (such as btrfs)? The
> > performance would suck, though -- besides the indirection of loop, btrfs
> > compresses in blocks of 128KB while swap wants 4KB writes. Other similar
> > option is qemu-nbd -- it can use compressed disk images and expose them to a
> > (local) nbd client.
>
> Swap on any type of a networked storage device (NBD, iSCSI, ATAoE, etc)
> served from the local system is _really_ risky. The moment the local
> server process for the storage device gets forced out to swap, you deadlock.
>
> Performance isn't _too_ bad for the BTRFS case though (I've actually
> tested this before), just make sure you disable direct I/O mode on the
> loop device, otherwise you run the risk of data corruption.

Sorry, btrfs is not an option for us. We want something more lighter
weight as our requirement is just < 200 MBs.

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