As I was checking the /etc/fstab I noticed that the swap space has attr pass=0, which means its filesystem is not checked at boot time. Can anyone please tell me why is this behavior for?
At boot time, swap doesn’t contain any data which would need to be recovered, so there’s no point in writing a tool to repair swap. If a swap partition or file is corrupted in such a way that
swapon can’t make use of it, the fix is to
mkswap it again — there’s no need for a separate
fsck.swap tool, so there isn’t one and
/etc/fstab isn’t set up to use one.
It might then seem nice for
swapon to automatically
mkswap if necessary, but that would mean that any mistake in the arguments to
swapon would be instantly fatal to the data stored in the given volume or file.
Sure. Swap is a dump. Everything within it is disposable. It's like a "scratch" file. Just a place to temporarily put things in, and later overwrite them without cause for worry. Technically it's only used when there's memory pressure (lots of active things in RAM).
Hope that helps clarify things a bit. :)