Swap space is a virtual memory of RAM. It is used when the amount of RAM is full. Swap space can be a dedicated swap partition, a swap file, or a combination of swap partitions and swap files.

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How to load entire process memory from swap quickly (linux)?

I run a bunch of CPU-hungry processes in parallel, they normally use a few GB of memory each. From time to time they allocate large amount of memory too (say 150-250GB). Usually at most one of the ...
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Swap operations and boot are much slower in Windows than in Mac OS

I have a MacBook Pro 15" Late 2011, where I have installed Windows 7 and Mac OS Lion in dual boot. I have disabled Windows Pagefile because I have installed 16 GB RAM. I cannot figure out why ...
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Monitor Linux per-runtime swap statistics

I've recently upgraded a low-end notebook from HDD to SSD, and, since there's only 700MB of RAM and no option of upgrading, I need to use that SSD as a swap drive, too. Since SSDs have a limited ...
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Does dual boot linux need two swap partitions?

My harddrive is partitioned as follows. I used GParted to gather this info. /dev/sda1 ---- ext4 ---- Ubuntu /dev/sda2 ---- extended ---> /dev/sda5 ---- ext4 ---- Kali ---> /dev/sda6 ---- ...
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how does a process know it's pages have been swapped out?

Let's assume I have several processes running, a1 and a2. a2 takes so much space that physical pages belonging to a1 start to get swapped out. a1's page table has to be modified to reflect this. how a ...
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Mount: unknown filesystem type 'swap'

I'm running vanilla Debian Jessie and I need to enable swap file. It works fine when I use swapon /var/swap.img but I'm unable to make it mount with fstab at boot time. The following entry in fstab: ...
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Is it possible to manually send programs to virtual memory in windows?

If you have many open programs and your machine is going too high on memory/cpu utilization you might want to close a program without loosing its state (sending it to virtual memory) and then resume ...
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How to tweak Windows swapping priority (if there is some?)

Sometimes I open a program that allocates too much memory - i.e. computer has 0.5 gb free ram, and an application requests 1gb. In this case, it will start swapping so it can fulfill the request. ...
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How to clear swap used on CentOS?

top is showing very high swap used. Which is causing nagios to throw alerts. I've tried running swapoff -a && swapon -a sync; echo 3 > /proc/sys/vm/drop_caches but it doesn't clear the ...
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How make Fedora load every thing that was in RAM before hibernation into RAM again after wake up?

I use systemctl hibernate to hibernate my (Fedora 22) system. After reboot, It doesn't load everything into memory (Lot of memory stays on the swap) even though I have more then enough RAM for it. ...
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How to tell how much swap a Windows process actually uses?

In Windows 8.1 x64, I'm running a VBox machine that is configued to use 5200MB RAM. The host OS has 16GB of RAM, however often the other open programs add up and fill up the memory. My theory is that ...
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How to Logically Swap Fn and CTRL keys in Lenovo E40-80 i5 Laptop?

How to Logically Swap Fn and CTRL keys in Lenovo E40-80 i5 Laptop? As Physical swap is not possible due to key size difference. I have tried the possible methods like looking at BIOS, as suggested by ...
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Move swapped data to memory on a Mac?

I want to move the swapped content to my RAM. I currently have 6800/16384MB RAM and 241/1024MB of swap used. In Linux one could execute this command to disable and enable the swap to force move the ...
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is it necessary to create swap partition while installing RHEL?

I'm a newbie to RHEL.I've installed RHEL 7 using VMware .but,during the installation ,it asked me to create Swap partition and i created it worth 2GB. please brief me the reasons.what if the swap ...
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How to limit swap usage?

I want my computer to automatically hibernate when the UPS switches to the battery, so I need enough free swap space at any moment. But if I activate the swap partition, even right before the ...
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Permanently increase swap size?

I'm using these commands to increase swap size (on existing swap): dd if=/dev/zero of=/.swapfile bs=1M count=1024 mkswap -v1 /.swapfile swapon /.swapfile It does increase, but after server reboot, ...
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Empty swapfile after using dd

According to many tutorials available on the internet (like for example this one https://www.digitalocean.com/community/tutorials/how-to-add-swap-on-ubuntu-14-04 ), to generate a swapfile, i need to ...
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Prevent KDE from swapping

I've realized that my laptop was overheating as a result of lots of I/O, so I searched for the programs who used swap, and I found the following: $ pgrep kwin 13387 $ pgrep plasma-desktop 13424 $ cat ...
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Do I need to worry about over-provisioning? Can swap be used for this purpose if it is not being used?

I am running Linux Mint 17. I'm posting this on Superuser rather than Unix & Linux because this probably isn't a Linux-specific question. I was thinking of buying a SSD but a ~250GB drive will be ...
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Should a Linux Swap partition be on the RAID?

When setting up a new system, if I am planning on mirroring two hard drives, what should I do with the SWAP area? I can think of three things I can do... Do a mirror of the SWAP partition Stripe it ...
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how to check how much memory processes take?

As we know in Linux machines, we have RAM memory and swap memory. My first question is: What is the reason that the swap memory is increasing – because high level of using the RAM memory or ...
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What is swap and how to disable it on Ubuntu/Linux

I've read it many a times online that swappiness should be decreased or disabled. Is it so, what does it do? I have 2GB of Ram, should I disable swappiness?
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Debian extremely slow resume after hibernate

I have a very irritating issue with my Debian 8: resume after hibernate takes from 5 to 10 minutes. During resume time system shows me picture on a display but not respond, cursor are not moving, ...
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How do I know how much swap is used on Windows 7?

Apparently, as per Commit charge is 100% full but physical memory is just 60% when using no page file and http://brandonlive.com/2010/02/21/measuring-memory-usage-in-windows-7/, the Commit numbers in ...
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What's the total amount of memory and swap a process is using?

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/what-task-manager-memory-columns-mean#1TC=windows-7 If I'm reading correctly, there is no way to see how much swap is used by a process. Is this correct, ...
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Can a filled up swap partition cause file locking issues on linux

I have a machine at home running elementary OS 0.2 with very little RAM, the swap is always allmost full (I'll upgrade the RAM as soon as I can.) It has an OpenSSH server set up with public key ...
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Is it possible to make a swap space(partition) in windows 8.1 like linux?

I'm using alot of ram on a daily basis and I know you have swap partitions in linux to help this, is it possible to do in windows 8.1 and if so, how? thanks
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Windows 7 Swapping Threshold

When physical memory jumps to 80%, the RAM starts swapping itself to pagefile. How to increase this 80% threshold to say 90% ? I have 4GB of RAM which means the swapping starts when 3.2GB of RAM is ...
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Is it a bad idea to make a swap partition on a SSD?

Since it has limited amount of read/write cycles, it seems to be a bad choice but I have no solid reasoning on why or why not to use it other than that.
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OpenWRT and USB write cycle limit

Background (feel free to skip) I am currently usin OpenWRT at home. I have an external HDD connected to router's USB port for the network shared storage. Actual transfer speed from the HDD to the ...
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Linux server is running out of memory and swap

I guess there is some memory leakage and memory is not being freed. Is there some good ways to find out which process and why is leaking memory? The only temporary solution is to restart server. But ...
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Where's my RAM disk being stored?

I'm running an Ubuntu VM under Windows 7, within the VM I've allocated a 5GB RAM disk using sudo mount -t tmpfs -o size=5G tmpfs /mnt/gitRAM and then copied files into it. When I then look at conky ...
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dell xps 13, is it possible to swap ctrl and fn keys in bios?

This question was marked as a duplicate to a question about how to remap keys in the OS. This is not related to my question. Although most keys can easily be remapped in this way the fn key is ...
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linux not using swap, but OOM killer is triggered

I've been having this problem for a long time now, and I can't seem to figure it out, basically, my linux (32bit 3.2.6-3.fc16.i686.PAE) system is refusing to use the swap. When I run $ tail ...
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vim leaves a swapfile after crash with unknown owner

I am running Cygwin on windows. Several times now I've had a swap file left behind from vim after a crash, but it can't be recovered or deleted. "ls -l" shows this: -rw-r----- 1 Unknown+User ...
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What’s eating almost all memory and swap in this Linux machine? (not buffers/cached-related)

I have a Linux machine that reports almost all of its memory and swap are in use, yet I can’t identify any processes using a significant amount of memory on the machine. We are running Linux kernel ...
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How do i increase my swap partition size in Ubuntu?

I had a 2 GB RAM before. So When i installed Ubuntu i just gave 2 GB for Swap partition. Now I Had increased my RAM capacity to 4 GB . How can i increase my Swap capacity to run my OS smoothly? Please ...
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Does it matter about the amount of the swap area in Linux system

Does it matter if the amount of a swap area in Linux was set too small (say 1Gb), and the main RAM is 128Gb? Should we always set the amount of swap area to be twice the amount of RAM? UPDATED: Hi, ...
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What does it mean to have a swap partition mounted at /dev/null?

I ran swapon -s on a VPS that I’m using and discovered that there’s a swap partition pointing at /dev/null. # swapon -s Filename Type Size Used Priority /dev/null partition ...
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swap file vs partition

I needed some more swap for something I'm doing so I set up a swap file rather than editing partitions. Are there any disadvantages to using a swap file instead of a swap partition? My OS is ...
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How to enable linux swap partition?

I've got a swap partition, but the System Monitor in Linux Mint says, 'Swap not available'. I guess I've forgot to set 'Use as: swap' on install. How to fix this?
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Win8.1 Bad Virtual Memory Managment?

For the last couple weeks I'm facing a serious problem with my Win 8.1 32bit (64x CPU) 4G RAM, having "System Managed size" setting for virtual memory (then win allocates 1.8G), minimizing even light ...
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Place specific programs in virtual memory / swap memory

I was just curious if it was possible to identify programs that I want to be swapped and others that I want to keep in ram. For example, I've realized that Chrome sometimes takes up to 2GB of RAM and ...
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Windows 8.1: Is there a way to find out how much swap space is currently being used?

Not the size of the file on the disk. Older versions of Windows used to have "%pagefile in use" in the Performance Monitor. Thanks. UPDATE: In turns out Windows 8.1 still includes the Performance ...
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Disable swapping out of readonly pages etc. on linux?

Is there any way to prevent Linux from ever swapping out anything but rather go right to the OOM killer if it runs out of physical RAM? Background I have a Linux workstation that every once in a ...
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Create Linux swap on external USB 3 hard drive

I have an external USB 3 hard drive USB 3 port on Debian, and I would like to create a swap partition on that drive which drive also holds the partitions for databases and other high-volume stuff. ...
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What is swap partition

I read that the swap partition must have the double size of your RAM, that is optional to install, that is for hibernation mode only, several technical information that tells me what to do. I am using ...
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swap\pagefile of 2 levels

Lets assume I want to assign 2GB to swap(linux)/pagefile(windows) on SSD, and 16GB more on HDD. Is that possible to use the space on SSD as level 1 of virtual memory, and the space on HDD as level 2 ? ...
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Move swap contents back to the RAM once there's free memory

So I understand that swap mem is used when computer runs out of space on ram. Once there is available space in the memory how can I move contents of swap to ram so taht it doesn't slow me down?
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How can I use a flash drive to increase my virtual memory?

My computer has 8gb of physical memory. I'm running some memory intensive processes that quickly eat up that 8gb. When the physical memory runs out, it starts using the virtual memory and I see ...