Create a ramdisk under Debian / Linux

Create a ramdisk under Debian / Linux

For those with too much memory or special application purposes, creating a ramdisk under Linux might be worthwhile. The creation of a ramdisk under debian can be accomplished via tmpfs.

For this, however, a new folder must first be created on the filesystem:

mkdir /ramdisk/

To create a 16GB ramdisk under the path “/ramdisk/”, the following command must be executed:

mount -t tmpfs -o size=16G ramdisk /ramdisk

To delete the ramdisk again, the following command can be used:

umount /ramdisk/

The write speed can be tested with this command:

dd if=/dev/zero of=/ramdisk/zero bs=4k count=100000

and read speed with:

dd if=/ramdisk/zero of=/dev/null bs=4k count=100000

To set up the ramdisk automatically at boot time you must

vi /etc/fstab

be executed and the following line added:

ramdisk /ramdisk tmpfs defaults,size=16G,x-gvfs-show 0 0

Don’t be surprised that the memory is still shown as free. This is because the RAM will not decrease until you have actually moved data to the ramdisk.

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