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.

learn more… | top users | synonyms (1)

1
vote
2answers
20 views

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 ...
-1
votes
1answer
18 views

Partitioning first Debian box [on hold]

So I've decided to install Debian on my local storage, since I've played with it enough on persistence. It's gonna be for casual use, basically moving all the stuff over from Win, except what doesn't ...
32
votes
9answers
2k views

Is swap an anachronism?

I've used unix for quite a while, and for the last couple years I've felt like swap is an anachronism, but I'd be curious what other folks think. My argument is roughly this (assuming no global ...
1
vote
1answer
40 views

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 ...
21
votes
4answers
716 views

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 ...
5
votes
1answer
209 views

GNU/Linux swapping blocks system

I have used GNU/Linux on systems from 4 MB RAM to 512 GB RAM. When they start swapping, most of the time you can still log in and kill off the offending process - you just have to be 100-1000 times ...
1
vote
0answers
28 views

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 ...
1
vote
2answers
140 views

OpenBSD runs out of memory, while not using swap space

I'm working with a fresh install of OpenBSD (5.6 amd64). I'm attempting to build Boost libraries, and quite a few compilations are failing with cc1plus running out of memory errors. I've read ...
2
votes
1answer
44 views

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
41 views

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 ...
2
votes
0answers
119 views

Why adding swap space is the slowest part of the booting process? [closed]

I can see that adding Swap space is the slowest part of the booting process. Why? I actually have ~4GB for swap and 2GB RAM memory. dione@saturno:~$ dmesg | grep -C 4 swap [ 2.179979] input: ...
1
vote
2answers
52 views

Is zswap eligible to reduce swap IO?

Does zswap compress pages, that are written to the swap device? Is it eligible to reduce swap IO?
55
votes
12answers
9k views

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 ...
6
votes
1answer
102 views

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 ...
3
votes
3answers
59 views

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
31 views

Installing Mint 17.1 with swap on different drive?

Installing Mint 17.1 Cinnamon, I used the "something else" mode to set the partitions for root and home. But, it only showed sda and I could not find any way to select a different disk! I installed ...
1
vote
1answer
42 views

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 ...
4
votes
2answers
500 views

Spike in swap utilisation without high swap rate

Every Saturday, for reasons unknown to me, one of my servers experiences a spike in swap utilisation. It's not necessarily a problem as there is plenty of free memory available, but I'd still like to ...
1
vote
1answer
46 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
27 views

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 ...
10
votes
4answers
156 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
68 views

how partition for OpenSuSE dual-boot

Currently I'm running Ubuntu 14.10 and have quite a bit of free space on this disc: thufir@doge:~$ thufir@doge:~$ sudo fdisk -l Disk /dev/sda: 465.8 GiB, 500107862016 bytes, 976773168 sectors ...
1
vote
0answers
88 views

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 ...
0
votes
2answers
29 views

Delete a swap partition without user interaction

I have a VM with a swap partition on /dev/sda5. The problem is fdisk is interactive so I cannot use it to delete a partition without user interaction. How do I delete the partition in my ...
1
vote
0answers
52 views

Same Swap Partition in Multi Boot [closed]

I have a Macbook Pro with 256 GB of space and 8GB of RAM. and I want to make a multi boot like: Mac OS X 120 GB Windows 8.1 30 GB Ubuntu 14.04.1 30 GB Debian 7.7 25GB Arch Linux 15 GB COMMON ...
0
votes
0answers
36 views

ZFS swap vdev space accounting

I am on an OpenSolaris system with ZFS on it. I am trying to determine the exact space usage and/or reserved space for the swap vdev. root@storage:~# zfs list NAME USED AVAIL ...
48
votes
3answers
4k views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
59 views

specific swap partitions for multiple debian instances in a single computer

I'm trying to setup a computer with three debian instances (wheezy, jessie and sid), I've created / and swap partitions for each debian instance, during the installation I did specify which swap ...
5
votes
1answer
175 views

When does swap start to be used? When does a process get an out of memory error and be killed?

When does swap start to be used? Is it when the memory is fully used? Or when the memory hasn't been fully used? When does a process get an "Out of memory" error and be killed by the kernel? is it ...
-1
votes
1answer
54 views

Does a Linux server use swap space of an SSH client? [closed]

I currently am SSHing into a Linux server via my mac's terminal program. Afterwards, I run whatever simulations and calculations I need to do. However, I noticed that after I log in, it says on the ...
0
votes
3answers
871 views

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 ...
22
votes
3answers
5k views

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
44 views

Detect whether a swap partition is in use by a hibernated system

Is there a way to detect whether a swap partition contains the memory of a hibernated system? More specifically: suppose I have a Linux installation and that I hibernate it. This means that all the ...
26
votes
3answers
9k views

Are there any side effects when two distros share a swap partition?

In order to save disk space, I want to have two OS installations share a single swap partition (a dual-boot). Is this a good idea?
2
votes
1answer
36 views

Why is my computer sluggish after downloading a lot?

When I download a lot of data (e.g. 3GB) in one go, using a program such as Transmission or Wget, progressively during the downloading, and after it has has finished, the computer always seems ...
0
votes
1answer
101 views

What is the difference between MAC OS X “Virtual Memory” and Linux/Unix Swap? [duplicate]

I would like to understand the difference of MAC OS X "Virtual Memory" and Linux/Unix Swap. I ask this because I observed that MAC OS X "Virtual Memory" seems to work way more efficient (in desktop ...
0
votes
0answers
37 views

unlimited tmpfs

How to have the advantages of tmpfs and not be limited to its small size? I'm thinking of a shell script that runs as a daemon, monitors RAM and adds more swap files in specified folder, when memory ...
1
vote
1answer
79 views

When the RAM is used up, what will happen?

When I ran ImageMagick's convert to convert and combine image files into a pdf file, it will create 10GB temporary dirs and files in /tmp. I am not sure if it did that all the time, or because my ...
1
vote
1answer
1k views

Diagnose high swap usage on AIX

Which would be the best approach to diagnose high SWAP usage on an IBM AIX 6.3 machine? I've already tried with lsps -a and lslv. But also I'm looking for a strong scenario, like using topas. Any ...
0
votes
1answer
564 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
30 views

Effects of SWAP failure

A team member has created a swapfile on one of our machines which needed more swap. And he created it on a filesystem on SSD. While our servers are not swapping a lot and probably safe to keep the ...
1
vote
0answers
14 views

Http taking all swap [closed]

I have a dedicated server running centos&cpanel with 2 GB of ram where I host several websites. All are wordpress + 1 opencart. Every 2 days or so the swap memory get consumed and server load ...
0
votes
1answer
182 views

Opening files of size larger than RAM, no swap used.

I found myself asking this question while doing small experiments and reading upon how memory is managed in Linux. I have a 64-bit Centos 6.5 machine with 512M RAM and 1G SWAP. I created a 1GB file ...
2
votes
1answer
170 views

Why does mouse and keyboard freeze when Linux swaps

I have noticed that under Linux, when there is heavy swapping, the mouse cursor freezes, and even CapsLock or Ctrl+Alt+F1 don't work. The system uses the deadline I/O scheduler but this should not ...
1
vote
0answers
74 views

Does the debian setup with lvm also encrypt the swap partition?

I'm planning a fresh debian install on my notebook and want to have full disk encryption. But I mainly hibernate, which is why I want my swap to be encrypted as well. During the graphical expert ...
1
vote
1answer
60 views

Why do I need mkswap if swap space has been created via fdisk?

I created a partition called /dev/sda3 as a swap partition, and changed the ID to 82 (Linux Swap) via fdisk. If this partition was recognized as a swap partition (seen in the output of fdisk -l and ...
0
votes
1answer
137 views

What's the pros and cons of disabling the swap partition if the RAM is large enough? [duplicate]

My computer has 16GB RAM and 1TB SSD. So I think the swap partition is not needful. What's the pros and cons of disabling the swap partition if the RAM is large enough? Is it recommended to disable ...
3
votes
1answer
141 views

Luks Partition Mounting After Removing From fstab

I have 3 encrypted partitions, one for /, one for /home, and one for swap. It seemed silly to me to type in my password 3 times, so I replaced the swap partition with a swap file on the encrypted ...
0
votes
1answer
463 views

swappiness and RAM usage

Been going through this topic - http://askubuntu.com/questions/157793/why-is-swap-being-used-even-though-i-have-plenty-of-free-ram. Turned down swappiness to 10 and then to 0 but my installation is ...
86
votes
7answers
27k views

Why use swap when there is more than enough free space in RAM?

Using swap space instead of RAM can drastically slow down a PC. So why, when I have more than enough RAM available, does my Linux system (Arch) use the swap? Checkout my conky output below: Also, ...