Linked by David Adams on Thu 20th Nov 2008 04:19 UTC
General Unix Linux and other Unix-like operating systems use the term "swap" to describe both the act of moving memory pages between RAM and disk. It is common to use a whole partition of a hard disk for swapping. However, with the 2.6 Linux kernel, swap files are just as fast as swap partitions. Now, many admins (both Windows and Linux/UNIX) follow an old rule of thumb that your swap partition should be twice the size of your main system RAM. Let us say I’ve 32GB RAM, should I set swap space to 64 GB? Is 64 GB of swap space really required? How big should your Linux / UNIX swap space be?
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Not really required
by IvoLimmen on Thu 20th Nov 2008 13:27 UTC
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I just bought a new machine that has 8 GB of RAM. Just because I am used to follow that rule my swap is 16GB... it has never been touched.
Since I also have enough drive space I really don't care that much about it...

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