Sunday, August 28, 2011

How to make disk in memory in Linux


Disks in memory are useful for one major reason - speed. It is invaluable for test execution. While the idea is not new, there was no incentive to explore it until I've run upon tmpfs reference in Ubuntu Wiki.

For example, to get 2Gb of space for files in RAM, edit /etc/fstab to add the following line:
tmpfs     /var/ramspace       tmpfs     defaults,size=2048M     0     0
/var/ramspace is now the place to store your files in memory.