How big should swap be?

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How big should swap be?

Postby belovedmonster » Thu Nov 20, 2008 8:09 am

I saw this article, it is interesting. It says what I have long wondered myself, that having a swap double the size of your RAM is a hell of a lot!


Re: How big should swap be?

Postby ham5 » Thu Nov 20, 2008 9:42 am

this is much debated. Whats best is what you need for your system, who knows better then you? Google my friend. I have 2gigs of memory and only 1gig of swap. I hardly ever see more then 50Mb of swap space used.

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Re: How big should swap be?

Postby FedoraRefugee » Thu Nov 20, 2008 9:56 am

Part of the reason for swap is it is needed for the computer to hibernate. If you do not hibernate then I have found that with 4GB RAM I never touch swap with what I do. If you run multiple VM's or crunch a lot of data you very well could.

Think about this though, with today's drive space, what is 4-5GB to most people? Better safe than sorry and you will never miss this. I set my swaps to 4GB just because on all my computers except my big rig desktop, which does not run a swap. Never had any problems either way.

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