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Date:	Thu, 01 Feb 2007 01:06:26 +0100
From:	Thomas Gleixner <>
To:	Robert Hancock <>
	linux-kernel <>
Subject: Re: 2.6.20-rc6 ramdisk problem

On Wed, 2007-01-31 at 17:54 -0600, Robert Hancock wrote:
> I'm not sure if there's an inherent max ramdisk size limit, however I 
> should point out that in most cases, using a tmpfs or ramfs file system 
> is better than old-style ramdisks. Those filesystems return unused 
> memory to the kernel (ramdisks statically allocate the entire space) and 
> also avoid the filesystem overhead of ramdisks (the files are mapped 
> into pagecache directly).

This is not a question of what's better or not. 

Michal stepped into a real life problem:

1. ramdisk gets created in the first place w/o problems
2. formatting the same ramdisk succeeds
3. trying to use it fails

So either #1 or #2 should have failed in the first place. Failing in #3
is definitely a BUG in #1 or #2.

How does your advise help to fix that BUG ? Ignoring it by using
something else ?


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