Upgraded Tivo 300GB Swap Space?

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  1. einstein

    einstein New Member

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    I've just finished restoring my image with

    mfsrestore -i /mnt/dos/tivo.bak /dev/hda

    which completed successfully.

    mfsadd /dev/hda

    this expanded to 320 hours.

    I've use the large mfstools 2.0.iso, and executed copykern followed the prompts
    remove the disk and put back in Tivo, all works and boots.

    But I've read I need to allocate a larger swap space, I can see from the kernel logs that

    Adding Swap: 65532k swap-space (priority -1)

    which, from my reading through the forums may not be enough, and I should have 150MB for my 300GB drive.

    I'm assuming I've got to pull the disk from Tivo and change the swap file, this cannot be done live on the Tivo?

    Q. Does this just change the swap file? I don't need to re-restore again?

    what is the command line for using tpip for this?
     
  2. einstein

    einstein New Member

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    Answering self again....

    I put in back in PC, restore image again using


    mfsrestore -i -s 150 /mnt/dos/tivo.bak /dev/hda

    Important -s <size of swap file> 150MB should be ample for 300GB disk.

    then I tpip -1 -s /dev/hda

    re-installed kernel using copykern.

    Job done, now Tivo has

    Adding Swap: 153596k swap-space (priority -1)

    150MB swap space.

    "Seek and ye shall find"
     
  3. RichardJH

    RichardJH New Member

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    Hanworth....
    I have just upgraded my 2 Tivos to 250gb each and on the advice of wiser Tivoers I gave each a swapfile of 300mb each. I am sure that it was reccomended that swapfile should be at least 1mb per gb of hard drive. I am sure that someone wiser than me will come up with the right info
     
  4. blindlemon

    blindlemon tivoheaven.co.uk

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    As the largest IDE drive likely to be available for a while is 500GB I normally allow enough swapspace to add a 500GB "B" drive at a later stage. That way there will be no need to faff around trying to increase the swap to add a second big drive.

    Therefore, for a 300GB drive I would allow 400mb swap (300+500/2=400).
     
  5. einstein

    einstein New Member

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    I'm assuming that swap space can only be allocated on mfsrestore?

    The value of 150mb was found by searching the forums. This Tivo is very unlikely to be upgraded again! But I understand what's being said I usually allocate 800MB for Swap partitions on VMware ESX, just in case, we ever decide to run 32 virtual machines (because it's a swine to alter later!)
     
  6. blindlemon

    blindlemon tivoheaven.co.uk

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    Yes, and although you can fairly easily combine the 'spare' root partition (7) with the existing swap (8) to increase the space by 128mb that will only allow you to add an extra 250GB.

    I guess you might be able to nick a bit (maybe 50mb) of /var (9) as well, but you'd have to be careful to leave enough space for your hacks, TiVoWeb and any temporary system files - eg. the downloaded guide data 'slice' files - that need to go there.
     

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