Maybe ... setting up a cross-compile environment would have been faster than running a pkgsrc bootstrap natively on the z50 🙄

Well, took about a day in the end... Wonder how long the SD card will hold up with the write load from swapping...

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@galaxis Probably a lot longer than you think. I've been running close to 80 Raspberry Pis on the same SD cards in production for about 2 years.
Every few months I do an update image and write that image to the SDs. If I notice that one of the SDs is getting unusually slow, I replace it. I haven't had to replace many at all.
The load on my SD cards is even worse than most, because in addition to OS swapping, I literally blow away the browser/config and restore it between every person using it.

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@galaxis SD degradation is overblown by most people, IMO. The trick is to start with quality SD cards in the first place.

@paradroyd Yeah, I've had good luck with some, but it isn't really predictable. One of my cards has just stopped performing writes (without throwing errors), for example, and I don't know of any health indicators - though, as you say, watching out for increasing latency might be an indirect one.

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That's where the process I'm using to update the images works for me me.. I'm using Terabyte Unlimited imaging tools that verify the images and I know exactly how long an image should take to write. Should be just over 4.5 minutes. If it takes much over 5, I retire the SD card.
I've seen less and less getting slow over time as I've shaken the "weak" ones out of the process.

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