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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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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Swap suddently vanished from Debian?

Everything has been going fine for 6 months now until my swap suddently vanished today. Now that I look into it, I find that my disk partitionning is a bit weird. What happened to it and what should I ...
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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, ...
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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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How to enable swap accounting for memory cgroup in Archlinux?

On my Archlinux box I want to limit some applications to a smaller amount of memory using cgroups. Since I use swap, I need to account memory+swap. How can I enable swap accounting?
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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.. please advice..
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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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: ...
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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?
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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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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...