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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Fixing fstab after reformatting swap

I just made a small mistake and reformatted my swap partition. It's still formatted as a swap partition - I was fortunate not to touch anything more important. However, I notice that the uuid has ...
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On page fault, how does Unix determine if the faulting address is in swap space?

When a page fault occurs for a virtual address for any process how does the linux/unix operating system determine whether that page (of that virtual address) was swapped previously present in memory ...
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Cached Memory but swap is being used [duplicate]

I've got a VM with 16gb of memory and recently it's been using some of the swap space. At first I thought this was because it was using all the memory but then I read some articles about the Cached ...
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How does mkswap work? What is in the swap header it creates?

I am looking at mkswap and trying to understand how exactly it works. From what I understand, it sets up Swap space on a partition by creating a swap header. How large is this swap header? Is it one ...
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Is it safe to delete all swap partitions?

More explicitly: If it safe to shutdown a system, boot from a live cd, delete all disk swap partitions, and boot the system? This is in follow up to How to safely turn off swap permanently? (on ...
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How low can I go on RAM?

I have some old PCs runnning on my business. And by old I mean PENTIUM-3 800 MHZ and AMD DURON 950 MHZ, with 256MB RAM. They are running my business software today on Windows XP. I want to run Linux ...
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Permanent swapping with lots of free memory

We have a Linux server running Debian 4.0.5 (Kernel 4.0.0-2) with 32G RAM installed and 16G Swap configured. The system uses lxc containers for compartmentalisation, but that shouldn't matter here. ...
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How to safely turn off swap permanently? (on Debian Jessie)

I fresh installed Debian Jessie with default partitioning on an SSD drive. My current disk partitions look like this: As I have 16GB RAM, I think I don't need swap. On Windows, I had it turned off ...
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Is clearing a full swap necessary / wise?

We have a linux machine, in which the swap partition gets filled to the limit from time to time. There's still enough of RAM free, so there should be no risk of running out of memory. The usual course ...
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How to prevent swapping on Mac OS X?

I am inclined to run Tails through a virtual machine so that I could chain two VPNs. One running through the host Mac osx and one more running from inside the virtual machine that's running Tails. ...
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Zeroing out FreeBSD swap space?

I'd like to zero-fill the partitions/slices in my FreeBSD VMs in order to provide for better compression for archival. For those partitions/slices with file systems the process is no problem for me to ...
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8G RAM and SSD - how big should the swap be?

I have a computer with 8G RAM and a 128G SSD. I don't plan hibernating. What swap size would you recommend? Would you change any swappiness? In the nearest future I'll compile programs (or even ...
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Old Xen Installation Unable to be Formatted

I recently tried to format a disk that had an old Ubuntu 14.04 partition and a Xen Swap Disk partition. I am currently running the Ubuntu Live CD and trying to access my partitions on the drive for ...
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Linux, SSD and swap

This article suggests not to create a swap space on an SSD drive in order to reduce its wear. On the other hand, it suggested here that swap space positively affects performance. Would it be a better ...
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Is there way to force Linux to unswap when there is low CPU usage?

After working more than 1 day on my machine swap becomes about 1GB. Some of my panel plugins go to swap so they become laggy. Moreover system doesn't unswap until I make it to do it swapoff ...
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How to create Swap from already created mount points

I have prepared a CentOS 6.5 with all mount points at formatting time, including swap. Now, when I am trying to run command swapon, it shows 0 0 0. And when I am trying to create it again using ...
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FreeBSD shared swap partition with Linux

What must I do, to run these commands before Arch Linux calls swapon -a? mkswap /dev/sdaX swapon /dev/sdaX Just in case it matters, /dev/sdaX was created in FreeBSD 10.1 environment, as soon as ...
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Linux Swap Space

I have 32GB memory. SSD and NonSSD drives. I installed Linux to NonSSD drive but I prefer SSD for /var directory and I didn't create swap space because there is high memory. I know physical memory ...
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Swap on tmpfs (Obviously a bad idea, but is it possible?)

This question originated with a joke between co-workers about increasing performance by moving swap partitions to a tmpfs. Clearly even if this is possible, it's not a good idea. All I want to know ...
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How to calculate Swap warning/critical dynamically through script?

I have used SAR in my below script and is trying to run on individual servers for my nagios monitoring. Can someone please suggest how i can get the swap warning and swap critical values in my check ...
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Encrypted filesystems with swap partitions

A common error that happens with Ubuntu, though not Ubuntu in particular is the options of being able to encrypt the file system at installation time which creates an encrypted swap partition with ...
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Swap suddenly vanished from Debian?

Everything has been going fine for 6 months now until my swap suddenly vanished today. Now that I look into it, I find that my disk partitioning is a bit weird. What happened to it, and what should I ...
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What is kswapd_low_wmark_hit_quickly from /proc/vmstat

What does this parameter mean? # cat /proc/vmstat | grep low kswapd_low_wmark_hit_quickly 2
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swapon command is not listing the lvm name

I am facing issues with swapon -s command. It is displaying some other filename instead of my lvm name which i have given ( swap is LVM partition ) swapon -s command is not listing my LVM Name for my ...
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Why and how is swap improving performance, and can I disable it? [closed]

I have a laptop with 8GB of RAM running 4.0.4-2-ARCH. Recently, I installed Android Studio, and bam, my normally pristine system was suddenly stuttering and all out freezing (more than once). Before ...
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How to add 100MB of swap space as a logical volume in CentOS?

I need to add 100MB of swap space to my machine. I was trying to use a logical volume. # lvcreate –name lv_swap2 –size 100M vg # mkswap /dev/vg/lv_swap2 # swapon /dev/vg/lv_swap2 # vi /etc/fstab ...
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Linux doesn't drop FS Caches. Instead Memory starts Swapping

I'm quite confused about this behaviour of linux memory caching. total used free shared buffers cached Mem: 15953 14188 1765 64 ...
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What happens when a tmpfs volume is full and swap is full? Is Linux's OOM-killer involved? [duplicate]

I understand that if a persistent / disk-based volume is full, files need to be explicitly deleted to free up space before more can be added. Further, I understand that if memory is exhausted, the ...
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What sets the size of tmpfs? What happens when its full?

What sets the size of the tmpfs? (On my machine it resides in /dev/shm) I can see its entry in /etc/fstab, but no notation of its size. When checking with df -h, it seems to be half the size of the ...
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how to check what is in swap?

On my system i have some amount of swap used: undefine@uml:~$ free total used free shared buffers cached Mem: 16109684 15848264 261420 633496 ...
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SWAP write protection on SSD

When using SWAP on an SSD, does the filesystem offer any write-cycle protection? i.e. randomizing or otherwise managing writes to avoid "flash wear-out" since modern SSDs are generally rated in the ...
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Which parts of Memory can Swap Support

For this question, "swap" does not include RAM and only refers to the configured space on the disk. According to, http://www.ualberta.ca/CNS/RESEARCH/LinuxClusters/mem.html, a program's memory usage ...
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Can swap space accomodate single process?

From what I understand, the swap space can be used to swap out inactive processes to free up memory. But can a single process take advantage of swap space? For example, if my system has little memory, ...
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Swap output in last x minutes

Is there any command or script to give o/p as " swap used in last 10 minutes is x" ? I wished to use that out put for my nagios monitoring.. I have used SAR in my below script and is trying to run on ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 using 100% swap space, with more than 40GB free memory, why?

I'm a bit at a loss trying to figure out why this would be the case. Can anyone provide some helpful ideas on troubleshooting this? $ free -m total used free shared ...
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Will SSD swap improve performance?

I am wondering if i have only 4GB ram and somehow(virtualbox,browser) isn't enough and i cannot proceed to upgrade(due to ultrabook and soldered memory) will swap held in SSD help the overall ...
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VGEXTEND: How to avoid wiping a swap signature in /dev/sda3?

The problem: [root@195623 ~]# vgs VG #PV #LV #SN Attr VSize VFree fedora_195623 1 3 0 wz--n- 9,50g 0 [root@195623 ~]# vgextend fedora_195623 /dev/sda3 WARNING: swap ...
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How are the values represented with the “free” command

I am interested in the totals of the 3 lines. Specifcally, if the "used" values can be counted as what's going on in real time, or if that's just a running total since the OS was started? How does ...
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Making Linux read swap back into memory

The Linux kernel swaps out most pages from memory when I run an application that uses most of the 16GB of physical memory. After the application finishes every action (typing commands, switching ...
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Out of Memory with unused memory and swap

I have a strange error on my Raspberry Pi2. System is archlinuxarm. Short after boot (about 30 secs), the system states that it is out of memory, resulting in closing many applications, most time ...
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Process Being Killed due to low swap

I'm running a python (2.7) script on mac osx yosemite. The script is fairly computationally intensive, certainly bumping up against my machine's RAM limitations. The computer crashes and restarts ...
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Free up swap space all at once after swap event

I use my Linux box for a lot of computational work, and sometimes a particular computation eats a lot of RAM. When I'm done, I end up with a bunch of swap used and a bunch of free memory, and if I go ...
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Is there any relationship between memory fragmentation and whether or not swap is enabled on a system?

One of the answers to Do I need swap space if I have more than enough amount of RAM? got me wondering if there is any relationship between memory fragmentation as measured by cat /proc/buddyinfo and ...
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Is swapping enabled by default on common operating systems?

As a result of this question, I was a bit confused. After some research I found that swapping is enabled by default on Mac OS X. Swapping was furthermore introduced in Windows 3.0, so I believe it is ...
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Do I need swap space if I have more than enough amount of RAM?

From what I understand, the purpose of a swap partition in Linux is to free up some "not as frequently accessed" information from RAM and move it to a specific partition on your harddrive (at the cost ...
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How to find the swap uuid

I am in the process of setting up a raid. sda was used during the installation and I just copied the partition table of sda to sdb like so: $ sudo sfdisk -dL /dev/sda > partition_table_sda $ sudo ...
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Calculating RAM/Swap Space Requirements [duplicate]

I have been developing a MySQL database that makes some use of BLObs. This has now been transferred on to a virtual machine (VM) in preparation for going fully into the 'cloud'. However some of the ...
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How do I know I should turn swappiness down?

I have 5.5 GiB memory, using 2.8 GiB (~50%), but my swap is using 1.9 GiB of 5.6 GiB (~33%). My computer operates okay but is sluggish at times. So is this a high amount of swap usage or completely ...
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Can swapping be disabled on the application level?

I'm currently using thunderbird with gnupg to read encrypted emails. If I understand the swapping behavior correctly, the memory pages containing the decrypted emails might be swapped out and leave ...
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Java process gets killed frequently by OOM - Killer on upgraded hardware

I am running solr on an Ubuntu server along with 4 other java processes. Current index size is 30 GB. My solr process gets killed frequently in few hours. It clearly mentions that its an OOM killer. I ...