I'd like to use another machine's unused RAM as swapspace for my primary Linux installation. I was just curious about performance of network ramdisks compared to local (slow) mechanical hard disks.
The swapfile is on a
tmpfs mountpoint and is shared through
samba. However, every time I try to issue:
swapon: /mnt/ramswap/swapfile: swapon failed: Invalid argument
dmesg I read:
[ 9569.806483] swapon: swapfile has holes
I've tried to allocate the swapfile with
dd if=/dev/zero of=swapfile bs=1024 (but also =4096 and =1048576) and with
truncate -s 2G (both followed by
mkswap swapfile) but the result is always the same.
In this post (dated back to 2002) someone says that using a swapfile over NFS/SMB is not possible in Linux. Is this statement still valid? And if yes, what is the reason of this choice and is there any workaround to have this working?