"The reason there's a swap file is so that you don't have to waste a partition on something that probably won't get used."
Is this because GNU/Linux's use less memory than Windoze, and that newer computers have plenty of ram for Linux's?
I don't know why I didn't go through the installer settings before creating a remaster. Obviously I should have.
Does this sound reasonable to do:Default setting to create and use a swap file, for newer 64 bit computers since they generally have more ram; but for remasters that I make for older 32bit computers that likely have less than 2 Gb ram, set the config to use_existing_swap="yes"
I started out with Windows 3.1 and always made the swap files at least 2.5 times the ram, really depending on the amount of ram though. Windows would allocate areas of the swap file even before actually using it. I was always in the habit of changing windows virtual memory(swap file) to a permanent one sized to suit. Added some stability and/or less CPU usage than a swap file always resizing itself.
I didn't even think there would be a good reason to create a swap file so small. Habitually I have been still creating swap partitions at least as big as the ram, but then all my computers are quite old. This used laptop is my first 64 bit PC; has 4 Gb ram. With Windoze I would sometimes run up several demanding programs and check to see how much memory was being used, aiming to keep normal memory usage to less than 50% of total real ram. If higher then I would try to add more physical ram, as using the swap file slowed things down a great deal.
If you want to keep questions down to a minimum from the CLI installer, perhaps it can make all the decisions based on the amount of available memory. I suggest, keep in mind I am not a programmer, to make it look for a swap partition and use it if the computer has say, less than 2Gb ram(whatever size is sure to work well). If there isn't enough ram and no swap partitiion exists, then create a larger swap file automatically, assuming there is enough room for say a 2Gb swap file. If no swap partition is found, and there is plenty of ram, then to automatically create a small swap file as it did when I installed my remaster.
Would be nice if the installer asked few questions, less chance of making a mistake. I did my install twice because I made a decision error.
I managed to save all my files, using my convoluted method, and now my partitions are back to original size. Swap partition is currently not being mounted/used. I found one error after growing my /home/mark partition and recreating a 4Gb swap partition. Gparted(run from my live DVD) had an error flag on my shrunk then grown /home/mark partition, so I ran Gparted's "check". Whatever was in error was corrected. So far everything worked very well. My clock was set to GMT, as is the computer, but putting in my location set the clock correctly.
Other than confusing myself with the swap file/partition, and having forgot to do a couple things to my setup before creating a remaster, refracta allowed me to create a beautiful distribution. I will soon create another with all updates and additions with the CLI, and that being successful, will also create it again with your GUI installed and see how that goes.
You have done a great thing fsmithred creating refractasnapshot and installer. It takes a long time to do a really nice desktop setup, so if lightning strikes, I can run my same setup live on most computers or get everything back in a new installation, quickly. Thank you again and again.