Thank you for the thorough response, it seems like you thought through it a good bit.
It sounds like the boot process is very intense, and requires all the CPU/Memory that it can muster.
I have had a couple full pi’s die after getting 2-3 years use out of them, and it appears the SD card gets corrupt. My belief is that the /var/log files eventually wear out the memory cells in the SD card.
I recently came across the log2ram project, and have installed in on a number of my large pi’s, and i will see if i get longer life from the SD cards.
Since i am starting to build a HestiaPi, i was carrying the same concerns about the SD card being destroyed in 2-3 years. So that is why i posted this idea.
In watching it bootup with the touchscreen and all peripherals attached (And I have log2ram installed w/ defaults), i am watching “top” to see if swap is used. It appears near the end, I got about 3.5kb of swap used (Granted, this is my first boot, and this is 1 observation.)
The trade-off i am seeing, is that swap may be used a lot during boots. But boots are an infrequent event, whereas logging is happening almost every minute of every day.
I have it installed on my image, and will experiment with having log2ram installed, and can post an update in a few months of my results.
Thank you again for the thoughtful response.