Swap space is an area of the hard disk that serves as an overflow when the computer memory is full. The memory used by inactive applications is partially written out to disk to make room for other applications and for the disk cache for active files.

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swap space allocation vs swaptotal

I created a Red Hat 9 virtual machine on VMware Workstion 9 by allocated the physical memory of 256MB. See pic. When installing Linux, I created the swap partition with a size of 256MB. See ...
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swapoff fails when overcommit_memory==2

I've disabled memory overcommitting by setting overcommit_memory=2. Now when I tried to swapoff, I get this error: swapoff: /dev/sda5: swapoff failed: Cannot allocate memory But I in fact have 0 ...
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Why is swappiness set to 60 by default?

I just read some stuff about swappiness on Linux. I don't understand why the default is set to 60. According to me this parameter should be set to 10 in order to reduce swap. Swap is on my hard ...
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slow Matlab on Ubuntu LTS and ZERO Swap

I was using Matlab2012 under Win7 and my algorithm was consuming a huge amount of memory though it was fast (80 seconds for one iteration). Now I am using Matlab2013 under Ubuntu 12.04 LTS and though ...
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What is the purpose of multiple swap files

During installation of most (if not all) distro's of linux, the hard drive is partitioned to include a swap partition by default. It is possible to change this behavior with swapon -p priority ...
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Does the order of partitions matter much?

I've just ran a test install of Arch on a separate computer, and now I'm ready to do the real thing on my main one. However, since the guide didn't explicitly recommend it, I did not install with a ...
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43 seconds to mount swap on /dev/mapper/cryptswap1

My Linux Mint takes longer than I would expect it to boot. Checking dmesg I see the following consecutive entries: [ 8.335668] Adding 9767484k swap on /dev/mapper/cryptswap1. Priority:-1 ...
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What NOT to put on an SSD?

I bought an SSD and I am going to set up my desktop system with a completely fresh Linux installation. SSDs are known to be fast, but they have a disadvantage: The number of writes (per block?) is ...
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Can linux systems on multiple virtual machines share the same swap partition? [duplicate]

I'm trying to save some disk space between multiple systems and re-using the same swap partition (which seems to be fine). I'm now getting into multiple virtual machines and am thinking of a ...
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Can I remount as readonly if there's a swap image in use?

When am playing with my Android phone (CyanogenMod 10.1 with kernel 3.0.78), I found this: A script in /etc/init.d/99system.swap.sh It remount /system as rw, and creates an image file in ...
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can initramfs be paged out to swap disk?

I am using initramfs to boot Centos via PXE. The initramfs used memory is listed within the "cached" value in /proc/meminfo or via free. Since I need to calculate performance data, I need to know ...
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RAM size and SWAP size

I want to know why the swap partition have to more double size the RAM Size ? for example if the ram installed in machine 64 G.B , the swap have to be 128 G.B ?
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Linux: Total swap used = swap used by processes +?

So, I'm trying to do some investigation on where does swap use come from in a system with high swap usage: # free total used free shared buffers cached Mem: ...
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Where is the virtual memory stored on hard drive?

If a process wants to access a memory address that is not in physical memory, the OS outsources a page frame from physical memory to the hard drive for later use. Where on the hard drive is this data ...
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Arch installation and swap partition

to install Arch on a PC I have to make partition of the HDD boot swap / The swap is used by virtual memory, right? What's up if I make a too small or a too big swap partition? Could I have as ...
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Dual-booting Windows 7 and Mint 14 with “something else” option

I would like to do a dual boot of Windows 7 and Mint 14 on my Acer netbook which already has Windows 7 Pro 64-bit installed on an 1 TB hard drive. I have already shrunk the Windows 7 partition to ...
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swap partition and its laws

I remember for choice of swap partition, we should use (swap > 2xRAM) at least.Of course it deprecated , because max of computer's ram is very high. kernel support it. My question: i remember each ...
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Is it a bad idea to not have a swap partition on an embedded linux setup?

I have a small embedded linux kernel and file system created via buildroot that is installed onto a compact flash drive running on an x86 board. I am using an initramfs (due to power loss concerns) ...
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kswapd0 takes 99% to 100% CPU in RHEL 6.3

I have 5 systems on which I have just installed RHEL6. System configuration is CPU-i7 HDD-500 GB RAM-2 GB Swap- 4 GB I have installed the same software's and all the configuration as per ...
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How do I configure systemd to activate an encrypted swap file?

My previous question produced the commands to add an encrypted swap file: # One-time setup: fallocate -l 4G /root/swapfile.crypt chmod 600 /root/swapfile.crypt # On every boot: loop=$(losetup -f) ...
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How do I set up an encrypted swap file in Linux?

How do I set up an encrypted swap file (not partition) in Linux? Is it even possible? All the guides I've found talk about encrypted swap partitions, but I don't have a swap partition, and I'd ...
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Memory management, bias to swapping

I was having 768 MB RAM. In a general day MySQL was using 100-180 mb of RAM and MySQL was swapping 80-120 mb. I was having 50-60 mb free RAM. So I thought I should upgrade. Then I upgraded my RAM ...
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Which processes swaps memory

I can see swap's total, used, free etc. sizes from top command. But I can't figure out which process uses swap, is it possible to find out swap memory by process? I'm running CentOS 6.3.
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How can I open a file in VIM in readonly mode if it already has a swapfile?

When I use the command :e filename to open a file and this file is already opened by another vim instance, I get a prompt asking me if I want to open the file in read-only mode, edit anyway, recover, ...
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Create swap partition after install

I already have parititon contain data under lvm enviroment with centos 5.8 output of fdisk -l root@server [~]# fdisk -l Disk /dev/sda: 1000.2 GB, 1000204886016 bytes 255 heads, 63 sectors/track, ...
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What does m represents in VIRT column using TOP command

When we run top command it shows all the processes information. But under VIRT column there is m written against some values what does that m represents, is it MB . If yes then why it is only showing ...
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Swap usage too high?

I have a debian sid box, freshly installed about a month ago, with no desktop apps running at the moment. Any command I try to run (via ssh) makes the hard disk work very hard. The system worked ...
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Linux (3.4) SSD swap partition usage causes extreme latency - how to eliminate?

I'm running on 4G RAM with an extra 6G swap partition, SSD is a pretty decent SAMSUNG MZMPA128HMFU model. System responds very well to workloads when things stay in RAM, but as soon as things reach ...
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Turn on Swap after resize /

I resized with lvresize the swap from 4 to 2G and can't turn it on. swapon /dev/VolGroup/lv_swap swapon: /dev/VolGroup/lv_swap: swapon failed: Invalid argument lvdisplay /dev/VolGroup/lv_swap ...
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Does swap need to be on a contiguous LVM logical volume

I am setting up a machine to run a number of virtual machines. I am using a single HDD with a boot partition and an LVM partition. I read on the Arch wiki that logcial volumes which will be used for ...
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How to stop waking all attached drives on reboot / deactivating swap?

A fresh install of Debian 6.0.6 for a system has 13 SATA drives attached. 12 refurbished WD-10EARS drives are yet unpartitioned. 1 WD1500BLFS drive is configured for OS and swap. Swap partition is ...
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zram swap instability

I use Mint 13 Maya with mainline kernel 3.6.3 for Ubuntu Quantal on my Asus P53E Notebook. I use zram swap that comes with the package zram-config. I've noticed that using it the system to hangs at ...
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What about no swap?

I have a netbook with a very slow (especially on writes) SSD, would it be a good idea to go without swap? The way I see it is that code and unmodified pages will still be swapped (re-read) but I won't ...
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Drop_caches doesn't drop caches?

Sometimes I see my swap file is a bit bigger then usual. I tried sync && echo 3 > /proc/sys/vm/drop_caches to no avail. But when I tried swapoff -a it takes a bit longer but the swap file ...
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Swap space not used

I recently installed Debian 6.0.6. Here are the machine's states: CPU - AMD XP 3000+ RAM - 1 Gig HDD - IDE 80 Gig I primarily use this machine for developing toy personal projects. When I run ...
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Tmpfs only with RAM

How to be sure that a tmpfs filesystem can only deal with physical and it's not using a swap partition on disk ? Since i have a slow HDD and a fast RAM i would like, at least, giving higher priority ...
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How to configure swap space after system instalation?

I've installed Debian Wheezy and after installation completed, I realized that I forgot to set the swap memory. So now, how can I configure the swap space?
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How can swapoff be that slow?

Somehow I happened to swap out 14 GB of memory. After having killed the culprit, I have tons of free memory again, so I thought I could bring in the important data again. So with 5 GB out of 32 GB ...
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What command can be used to force release everything in swap partition back to memory?

What command can be used to force release everything in swap partition back to memory ? Presume that I have enough memory.
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Why my partitions don't show the right capacity on a 4096 byte physical block hard drive?

After reading a lot about why newer 4096 byte physical block hard drives should be partitioned taking care of alignment (Linux on 4KB-sector disks: Practical advice, What is partition alignment and ...
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Can I accelerate swap by using multiple harddrives?

I still have two old ATA drives (one is only 8GB, one is somewhat defect) and I've been thinking about putting them into my PC and activating swap on them, too. What will be effect of this? Will my ...
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Debian hibernate problem PM: Swap header not found

I have Debian 6 2.6.32-5-amd64 on netbook. With pm-utils Sleep works but hibernate fails with error: PM: Swap header not found!. Swap was enabled using ubuntu tutorial after installation - this is ...
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Can't add swap file on solaris

I'm trying to add a swap file on Solaris 10. I have already created a 2GB file swap.file. Then, I add a swap file with the command: swap -a /swap.file which shows an error: /swap.file: size is ...
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How to disable swap file after install or during Kubuntu install?

My computer has more than 64KB of RAM (8GB), if I run out of memory I want things to crash so I know I'm out of RAM so I'll buy some instead of say wandering why my computer is running slowly when I ...
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Linux running slow with 0 swap left

Our Linux server is responding very slowly. top doesn't show any excessive CPU usage. I noticed that even though there's about 5GB of free memory, the system is using all of swap with no free swap ...
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How to reduce size of swap after a system is already installed?

I'm running Debian Squeeze 6.0.5. Does the use of swap memory make my computer run slower? If so, how can I reduce the size of the swap memory after the system is already installed?
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free / top difference. Does free show virtual memory?

free -m shows me the following in my system: total used free shared buffers cached Mem: 3954 3842 111 0 248 2585 -/+ ...
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Is it possible to trigger OOM-killer on forced swapping?

Is it possible to have the system preemptively swap out inactive pages (vm.swappiness), but invoke the oom-killer when the system runs out of RAM (as opposed to running out of memory) and is forced to ...
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Swap Utilization Increase with Oracle Coherence

We are using Oracle Coherence on linux servers. However, we noticed that because of Coherence processes running, often our swap utilization % increases too much, sometimes becoming more than 98%, even ...
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KVM and swap problem

So I have a problem, I'm managing a server and the swap partition is way too small at the moment. The machine runs KVM with about 24 VM's on it. The problem is that some of them are rather inactive so ...