Scratch partition...

Joel Jaeggli joelja at
Fri Dec 7 12:11:58 PST 2001

scratch is an old unix convention for a storage space which nobody owns
(so using it doesn't affect anyone's quota) but which is more stable than
/tmp (ie. it won't get flushed every day, or after reboots, or if it runs
out of space)...


On Fri, 7 Dec 2001, Geraldo Pereira de Souza wrote:

> People,
> In
> Starling describe how to build a beowulf system using some PC´s. 
> I´m based in the tutorial to construct a beowulf system with 8 Pcs. Starling describe in the tutorial the the configuration of the nodes to export the filesytem. 
> In a point he say:
> "We decided to export scratch partition from all nodes and use autofs to mount these from any node upon rquest. Our exports file looks like:
> /scratch n???,no_root_squash)"
> I´m new with administration of linux, but my question is: What is scratch partition?
> Must i create the directory /scratch ?
> Thanks,
> Geraldo Pereira de Souza (geraldo at
> Laboratório de Sistemas Integrados e Concorrentes - LAICO
> Universidade de Brasília - UNB

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