[TUHS] /dev/drum

Dave Horsfall dave at horsfall.org
Mon Apr 23 07:51:39 AEST 2018

On Sun, 22 Apr 2018, Clem Cole wrote:

> The difference is that todays systems from Windows to UNIX flavors
> stopped needed a dedicated swapping or paging space and instead was 
> taught to just use empty FS blocks.  So today's hacker has grown up 
> without really knowing what /dev/swap or /dev/drum was all about -- in 
> fact that was exactly the question that started this thread. 

Heh heh...  I remember the day that Basser (SydU) got AUSAM running on 
their spanking new VAX.  It crashed, and it was traced to it swapping for 
the first time in its life (before that, it merely paged).

Now, how many youngsters know the difference between paging and swapping?

Dave Horsfall DTM (VK2KFU)  "Those who don't understand security will suffer."

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