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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Prevent important OS X process being swapped out, without code change?

I want hotkey-based utilities like Quicksilver or Zooom to respond immediately. But if they have been idle for a while, they (I guess) get swapped out, and respond slowly, sometimes not even ...
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How to make a good guess for the swap partition size when using tmpfs?

I have an SSD, so space is a scarce resource. I'd like to use up as little as possible for swap. In fact, I have spent the last year completely without a swap partition (the computer has 6 GB RAM). ...
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What type of data is stored in the swap partition?

When a page fault occurs, the system must fetch the page from disk. Does this mean that there is a page table stored on the hard drive for every running process (to fetch the page from)? If yes, ...
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mount point for swap not needed

Why do we say that swap partition does not need a mount point? is it because swap is basically for virtual memory access and we don't need to view or access it so there is no need to mount it? or is ...
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What is better to use for big swap as an extension of RAM: SSD or 15k HDD (Cheetah)?

I need to hugely extend RAM in the platform I can't do it. As a temporary solution I want to use swap for it. What is better to use for swap storage - an SSD or 15k HDD like Cheetah? I understand that ...
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I've two swap partitions, how can i delete one?

I've installed Ubuntu on my computer but I did a mistake during the installation and it created two swap's. In fact I had tree partitions (system, home, swap) but the installator crashed so I ...
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Debian server seems to use more and more swap

I've got a problem with my debian server. It has 4GB of ram and 1GB swap. Swap is around 95% full and ram still has 80% left. I'm running lighttpd (max 40 users at the same time) and some gameservers ...
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Moving Swapfile in Mac OS X Lion

I had previously consulted this thread when using snow leopard to move all swap to an SSD: Moving the swapfiles to a dedicated partition in Snow Leopard The information appears to be out of date at ...
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How can I get Linux to not thrash and just kill processes?

Firefox (and flash) tends to chew up memory at random times, causing my computer to thrash, and it drives me crazy waiting for the oom_killer to kick in and kill processes,[1] while I can't do ...
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Additional swap created on a new partition gets removed on reboot

I have created a new swap volume using logical volume management tool on RHEL. Suppose the volume is /dev/rootvg/swap2 I did mkswamp /dev/rootvg/swap2 and then swapon /dev/rootvg/swap2 when listing ...
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How to remove swap partitions from RAID 1 Array on Ubuntu?

Can anyone point in the right direction on how to remove SWAP out of a RAID1 configuration on Ubuntu 10.04 server? According to the Ubuntu Advanced installation guide, here, it said to add swap to the ...
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Can two Linux partitions use the same swap space?

I have Ubuntu 10.04 and Windows 7 installed on my machine, due to some reasons I need to install one more copy of Ubuntu.. Is it possible that the new Ubuntu uses the same swap space used by previous ...
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How can I restore a partition to its former NTFS file system?

While installing Ubuntu 11.04 I was asked to choose a swap area for better performances, so I chose my 1T hard drive(which had only one partition). The problem is that I did not know it will use the ...
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Linux Virtual Memory/Swap isn't being used

I think my virtual memory is not configured correctly on my MintLinux machine. I opened up a new IDE, IntelliJ IDEA, and my whole system appeared to freeze. I tried to TTL to the console but that did ...
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Should I symlink my /private/var/vm dir to another volume in OS X Lion?

So I just installed an SSD in my MBP and have been a bit concerned about running out of disk space. I noticed that /private/var/vm holds an 8.6 gb sleepimage file as well as swap files. I'd be much ...
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What is the difference between swap entries in fstab?

I've been looking around and seen two different things ways to declare swap in fstab. I've seen something like the line below: UUID=UUID-HERE none swap sw 0 0 and UUID=UUID-HERE none swap swap 0 ...
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Linux swap position on hdd

As far as I know hard drives are faster at the beginning of the disk. If this is true, why does Ubuntu put the swap partition to the back of the disk by default?
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Will increasing swap partition size increase the memory that can be used by a program?

I have a program that requires a lot of memory. So much that the malloc fails as the system goes out of memory. I don't care if the overhead for swapping pages in and out of the disk is too high - I ...
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Installing Windows 7 onto a Raid 5 setup without an install disk. Can it be done?

I am upgrading my motherboard from a crappy dell prefab to a Foxconn Inferno Katana. I am also upgrading my ram from crappy stock dell ram to G.Skill. I have decided to set up a raid system, now ...
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Do locked pages get shredded from disk after resuming from suspend-to-disk?

Locked pages are sometimes used to store crypto keys like for Luks or for encfs and other sensitive things. But when doing hibernate (without swap drive encryption) they get stored to disk ...
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Windows 7 Virtual Memory Optimization - ReadyBoost vs. Flash Swap vs. RAM Disk?

At first i thought ReadyBoost means having swap file allocated to flash drive which is wrong because ReadyBoost serves as additional storage for swap file or should i say it mirrors swap file on hard ...
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SSDNow100VS2 Page File (Windows 7) [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: How to control RAM / swap usage Should I keep my swap file on an SSD drive? I just put an SSDNow100VS2 into my laptop, with Windows 7 Ultimate 64, and 4GB of ram. I'm ...
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Memory and SWAP in Ubuntu

When I go to the system monitor in Ubuntu, about 75% of the Memory is used and 45% of Swap is used. Why is the Swap used even when Memory is available? Doesn't Linux move data from Swap to Memory?
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How to disable Mac OS X from using swap when there still is “Inactive” memory?

A common phenomena in my day to day usage (and several other's according to various posts throughout the internet) of OS X, the system seems to become slow whenever there is no more "Free" memory ...
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Windows 7 - swap file on a USB disk? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to move the page file to another physical disk location Windows 7 I was given temporarily a PC, running Windows 7 Ultimate. The problem is it's hard drive is full, ...
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How can I find out processes are using swap space?

I have a linux server top reports about 9GB of swap used: But I cannot figure where's it use swap, some google results said that top - O commad follow by p will show swap usage by process. But as ...
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how to configure Linux to call oom_kill on its own

I do not want my computer to swap data to disk. I have no swap partition: $ free total used free shared buffers cached Mem: 3841912 3670012 171900 ...
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Resizing swap partition (RHEL 5.x)

The following is what parted print outputs: (parted) print Model: VMware Virtual disk (scsi) Disk /dev/sda: 26.8GB Sector size ...
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How can I make my computer use more RAM?

I'm running Windows 7 64-bit with 8GB of RAM. The problem is, I very rarely use all of it. I do some video editing from time to time and it definitely comes in handy then, but for everyday use, I'm ...
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Protected with Linux Per-Directory Encryption (no swap)?

I have been using full-disk encryption for some time on Linux with good success, but the additional layer of complexity that it adds is something I'd like to avoid, e.g. backup/system restore ...
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What's wrong with disabling the Windows page file?

People say that you always need a page file, and that it will increase performance, but my Windows 7 is set to run without a page file. I simply don't understand why people say this - I have 6 GiB of ...
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How to create Swap in Fedora?

I am new about swap and filesystem. Now I encounter a problem: 2G ext4 disk /dev/sda7 # Want to be used as swap in fedora 24G ext4 disk /dev/sda8 # My fedora is built on it without Swap As ...
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Why won't Ubuntu use swap?

I'm running 32-bit Ubuntu 10.04 on a 4-core AMD Phenom machine with 4GB of RAM. With normal use (a dozen or so Chrome tabs, 1 VirtualBox machine, 2 or 3 instances of QtCreator, ) the memory will ...
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Clean up swap memory

I am using ubuntu 10.10. My RAM is 3GB and swap memory is 2GB. After using my system for several hours, all of my swap memory is used up. Is there any way so I can clean up swap memory?
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Is it possible to swap two styles in Microsoft Word or modify the document map?

I've been writing a document in Microsoft Word and have been using the default Title style as my main heading for each section and Heading 1 for my sub-sections. However Word uses Heading 1 as the ...
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Using a SSD as my only drive on a laptop

My conventional hard drive is clicking (second time this year I've killed the drive), so I just bought a SSD to benefit from the lack of moving parts. However, I am deathly afraid of using this as the ...
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How to stop swap process in OS X?

How would I prevent OS X even looking for a swap file? I killed the swap file on my MBP. This is dead easy: just change the default swap file location so the system can't find it (goto ...
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Is that true that Windows can eventually address executable files as if they were parts of virtual memory?

I've once read somewhere that Windows can treat programs' executables and DLL files as parts of swap file rather than duplicating their content into pagefile.sys when swapping them out of physical ...
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Page file on a separate partition in Windows

I have recently rebuilt my computer (Windows 7 Pro 32bit), and am in the process of paritioning my hard drive. My question is, is it beneficial to make a separate partition for the page file, rather ...
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Tuning Windows 7 for use in a VM

I'm running Windows 7 in a VirtualBox Virtual Machine, and would like to make it run in a more streamlined fashion. I'll be using the install primarily for testing web apps, and have no need for it ...
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How do I quickly stop a process that is causing thrashing (due to excess memory allocation)?

We've all experienced it--some program is asked to do something that requires a huge amount of memory. It dutifully tries to allocate all this memory, and the system immediately begins thrashing, ...
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Made the USB Drive as Swap Partition, Installed it, How to undo it{Ubuntu 10.10}

Well,it was a very stupid thing to do on my part, But I made a 500 GB USB connected Hard Disk as my swap partition (thinking it will be only used during installation) and installed Ubuntu10.10. I ...
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Disadvantages of using a swap file/partition on an SSD, even when swappiness is set to 0 [closed]

What are the disadvantages of using a swap file/partition on an SSD, even when swappiness is set to 0 I'm particularly interested in the /proc/sys/vm/swappiness=0 case. How much writes are still ...
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How to control RAM / swap usage

Is there a way (application) to control RAM / swap usage policy at application level. I have some applications that I use all the time and I want them to stay in RAM all the time and there are also ...
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Page Faults without Swap-File?

I've found the obvious question and also it's bigger brother over at ServerFault. But my question is quiet different: If Page Faults are the moments in which the OS needs to load something from the ...
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Reduce “Metafile” memory usage?

My work computer (Windows 7 64-bit) spends a lot of time swapping memory when I switch between programs. This surprises me since I have 4 GB of RAM, and the programs I use aren't particularly RAM ...
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sizes of RAM, of virtual memory and of swap for 32-bit OS

If I understand correctly, a 32-bit OS (Ubuntu) can only address 4GiB memory, so RAM with size larger than 4Gib will only be used 4Gib of itself and the rest is a waste. I am now confused about this ...
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Filesystem of swap space

What is the name of the filesystem used for swap space?
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System thinks it is swapping, but isn't

I have a linux server (Ubuntu 10.04) which has no swap space (swapon -l reports nothing, 0kb swap memory listed in /proc/meminfo). The beginning of the output of top (sorted by %mem) is reproduced ...
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What's using my swap (Ubuntu)?

I have an Ubuntu 8.04 server which is running a database and a bunch of Java application servers. Its memory configuration and usage is: total used free shared buffers ...