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Aug
30
comment How can swapoff be that slow?
@Petr Pudlák: Suspend to disk is a bit different, it simply writes the RAM content into a free space in the swap area, and this (and un-suspend) is probably much faster. I can't try as it doesn't work with encrypted swap.
Aug
20
revised How can swapoff be that slow?
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Aug
16
accepted What does mv do in case of errors?
Aug
16
accepted What are inodes good for?
Aug
16
comment Best compression of similar files?
@Huygens: AFAIK you're wrong. All compression programs I know work with some window (typically 64 kB) and see nothing beyond it as stated e.g. here on page 7.
Aug
16
comment Best compression of similar files?
@jw013: I don't think rdiff-backup would do, as it's efficient with slowly evolving files, while all I have now is a set of old snapshots. Things like obnam or bup would help (but the former requires a newer system while the latter has still problems with removal from the backup).
Aug
16
comment Best compression of similar files?
@Mat: In the meantime I've tried lrzip, but it was extremely slow (many hours for some 100 GB). However, there might have been a problem with the NTFS partition the data were on.
Aug
16
asked How can swapoff be that slow?
Aug
14
comment What are inodes good for?
I've meant "file" in the sense of "file or directory or whatever". What you write is true, but I'd rather call it nuisance than usage.
Aug
13
asked What are inodes good for?
Jul
16
awarded  Nice Question
Jul
15
asked Best compression of similar files?
Jul
13
comment What does mv do in case of errors?
Concerning the info page, do I understand it right that for each command line source directory, it gets removed iff the corresponding copy succeeded? I mean that mv src1 src2 dst works in this respect similar to mv src1 dst; mv src2 dst and each single mv src dst is like cp -a src dst && rm -rf src?
Jul
13
asked What does mv do in case of errors?
Jun
5
comment Where should a local executable be placed?
Agreed, I wonder why anybody wants to pollute $HOME by 10 more directories (in addition to dozens dot-files).
Apr
24
awarded  Popular Question
Apr
14
comment Is there a better alternative to sudoedit?
Good to know. However, I don't really like it: 1. Tramp ignores numpad keys when reading the password. 2. The backup files get written as ~/%backup%~. 3. I'd really prefer saving a copy somewhere in my home directory for future reference, possibly versioning, and future re-installs.
Apr
14
asked Is there a better alternative to sudoedit?
Mar
21
accepted Configure bash globbing
Mar
21
asked Strange problem with synchronized clipboards