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Re: [K12OSN] swap size

The rule of thumb for Red Hat Linux 7.1 and 7.2 comes from a part of the 
Linux 2.4 kernel VM implementation (from 2.4.0 til about 2.4.12? I 
think). There are a couple of cases where the kernel will aggressively 
swap out all its memory plus anything that was already swapped out. This 
would cause any box with less than 2x swap to lock hard. Some VM people 
saw this as a feature for other reasons than this case.. but it hit 
enough people that the kernel developers told RH to require no less than 
2x memory. The later 2.4 kernels do not have this 'feature' and you can 
probably get away with 1x swap space.

For the K12LTSP 2.0.x boxes you will need at least 2x.. To answer the 
original question, you should be fine with 1024 Mb of swap. The old rule 
of thumb was to have 2x-8x of swap because by the time you were using 8x 
of your memory the box was probably in swap death and should be shut 
down anyway.

On Mon, 29 Apr 2002, John Meissen wrote:

>dbentson orion lcsd k12 wa us said:
>> The documentation I have says that I should have my SWAP space be the
>> same size as my available RAM. But during the install, I wasn't sure
>> how much ram I had so I guessed at 512MB. As it turns out, I only
>> have 256 MB. Should I make changes?  
>I'd love to know where that rule of thumb came from. It's been
>around for 20 years or more. In my opinion, it's completely wrong.

Stephen John Smoogen
  smooge mindspring com

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