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Chapter 2. An Introduction to the WFTL E... > The Persistence of Memory

The Persistence of Memory

I don't think Salvador Dali had Knoppix in mind when he created The Persistence of Memory, one of my favorite paintings, but the title seems appropriate here. If you start saving any amount of data to your knoppix home directory, one of two things will happen. The first is that you will run out of space, since you are writing to a RAM disk, basically just virtual memory. The second is that you'll lose all that information when you reboot. Your digital memories are gone.

To deal with both of these issues, consider setting up a persistent home directory. This is a small section of disk, an external drive, or even a USB memory key. The size of this directory is defined either by the size of the partition you choose or as a selected number of megabytes. Here's how you do it.


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