partition sizes

Mike McCarty Mike.McCarty at
Thu Mar 4 11:40:49 PST 2010

Bruce Dubbs wrote:
> Mike McCarty wrote:
>> I've got a question about this. Why bother with a swap partition?
>> AIUI, with 2.6 kernels, using a swap file is as fast as using a
>> swap partition, and it is certainly more flexible to modify later.
> That's certainly your choice.  The only problem is that if you run out 
> of memory, the system will start killing processes if there is no swap.

I wasn't discussing using no swap, just using a swap file instead of
a swap partition. Repartitioning is a big pain in the patoot. Making
a new file is not.

> My rule of thumb is tht it doesn't matter if swap is a partition or a 

Ok, that's what I heard, in regards to speed of access.

> file.  If you are in a situation where you are swapping regularly, it's 
> time to buy more RAM.

Maybe not, if you don't have $$$ :-)

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