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comment Moving the swapfiles to a dedicated partition in Snow Leopard
I was able to make the original technique work, thanks to your suggestion to use plutil for the conversions. I posted the complete solution in the question (since I don't have enough rep to add it to your answer). See my note #1 for a detailed description of the problems I ran into with just modifying the plist.
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comment Moving the swapfiles to a dedicated partition in Snow Leopard
Either way, +1 for the technique to convert plist files to & from binary format. com.apple.dynamic_pager.plist was in plain text format in 10.5.x, but in binary format as of 10.6. Which is part of my problem. I've been modifying plist files using the Property List Editor app that comes with Xcode, and maybe that's why things didn't work. I'll give plutil a try and see if it gets me any further.
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comment Moving the swapfiles to a dedicated partition in Snow Leopard
Are you certain that the swapfile is actually being moved to the partition with this setup? When I tried this approach originally, dynamic_pager would load before the secondary partitions had been mounted. The system would fake its way through by creating a symbolic link to partition2 in the /Volumes directory which simply pointed back to /private/var/vm. You could identify the failure by doing ls -al in the /Volumes directory, where you would see both "partition2" (the symbolic link) and "partition2 1" (your actual partition).
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comment Moving the swapfiles to a dedicated partition in Snow Leopard
I suppose you're right. Perhaps that's why there are no answers here. I hope you'll have one for me at the end of the month :)
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comment Moving the swapfiles to a dedicated partition in Snow Leopard
I tend to work my machine pretty hard; split between Cocoa development, 3D rendering and Photoshop work, and a little casual gaming when I have the time. I'm might be a little too concerned with tiny performance issues, but I spend so much time sitting in front of the machine that I've become sensitive to them :)
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comment Moving the swapfiles to a dedicated partition in Snow Leopard
For the small performance gains. I like to keep my hard drive(s) partitioned according to usage. I have one partition for the OS and applications, one for the users folder, one for documents, one for media (music, movies, etc.) and one for swapfiles. In my experience, keeping the swap files separate from the rest of the system keeps disk fragmentation low. My preference would be to have swap on a dedicated drive, but another partition will usually suffice.
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