Creating Swap Areas

Kenny Hitt kenny at
Tue Oct 5 16:33:50 UTC 2004

You can probably get away without a swap partition.  My systems have 512
meg of ram.  32 meg of ram is used by the on board video card.  
The one running the most programs will start using swap
after it's been up for a few days.  It never seems to use more than 100K
or so, so I could probably remove the swap space.  That system runs my
girl friends gnome session, the mail server, web server, and at least
one ssh session.
Swap in Linux is usually doen as a separate partition, but you can also
create swap as a file.  I don't know the details of doing swap as a

Hope this helps.
On Tue, Oct 05, 2004 at 09:24:12AM -0500, John J. Boyer wrote:
> Well, I'm making progress on exim4, but don't have it working yet. Anyway, 
> I have a new question.
> How important is it to have a swap partition or file? My new Sarge
> installation doesn't seem to have one. The machine has 512MB of medmory,
> but part of that is used by the on-board video.  cfdisk shows a number of
> partitions, none of which is a swap partition. One of them is CP/M / CTOS.
> What does this mean?
> If I create a swap file, what is the safest way to do it?
> The guy who made the installation didn't have any Linux experience, but he 
> was the only person willing to take the time. My computer has no floppy 
> drive. Since I am deaf-blind, and it doesn't seem possible to get a 
> braille terminal working with booting from CD, I had to find sighted help. 
> Thanks,
> John
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