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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Sharing RAM resources between 2 or more computers

I know there was a somewhat similar question before: How to share CPU or RAM? But, let me just specify it a little more... When Microsoft Windows requires more RAM capacity than available it uses a ...
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What happens if you just unplug swap drive from running system?

I'm running heavily leaking apps on server which have already swapped out about 60gb of garbage in their over 100 days uptime. At the point when I've run out of swap for the first time (32gb) I ...
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How to create swapfile on ssd disk with btrfs

I have SSD with btrfs, I tried creating a swapfile like: dd if=/dev/zero of=swapfile01 bs=1M count=10240 mkswap swapfile01 chmod 600 swapfile01 swapon swapfile01 In dmesg I see [238434.731654] ...
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Swap mounts according to fstab, but with priority other than expected

My /etc/fstab looks like this: UUID=881b584c-9e25-41e6-b3f7-31753ba63188 swap swap defaults 0 0 UUID=d29ab744-5520-42fb-9b61-8eb582a66005 / ext4 ...
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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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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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Where does VIM (gvim/macvim) keep swap files for unsaved/unnamed buffers?

Where does VIM (gvim/macvim) keep swap files for unsaved/unnamed buffers? (If it does so at all). Background: Throughout a semi intense seminar I was taking notes in an unnamed/unsaved MacVim buffer ...
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Linux swapping too much

My Linux (Mint 17.2) computer has 4 GB of RAM and 8 GB of swap partition. I have swappiness set to 10 instead of default 60 and it works perfectly, sadly only for some time from start up. When I ...
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How to check Paging Memory on swap for Windows, via command line?

On Windows operating systems, we use the Resource Monitor to check the memory paging for my server. I need to check it via command line so I can put in my standard script to check and create text ...
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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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Proc filesystem: Diskstats

Heey i was looking through /proc/diskstats And noticed something "odd" in my eyes. As you guys can see i have a lot of ram devices. Could someone explain why there are so many of them? According to ...
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Swapping to increase cache?

I am using a server with 128 GB RAM. While running some job I see frequent swap usage. The out put from top top - 05:14:51 up 16:52, 2 users, load average: 3.99, 5.16, 5.37 Tasks: 760 total, 1 ...
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Is it possible to create a swap file for a Linux guest VM managed by Vagrant?

In my Vagrantfile I have the following provider defined: Excerpt from Vagrantfile: config.vm.provider :virtualbox do |vb| vb.gui = false vb.customize ["modifyvm", :id, "--memory", "4096"] end ...
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Should I keep my swap file on an SSD drive?

I'm considering getting an SSD drive to run as the primary OS partition. As I understand, this should provide a substantial improvement in performance. My question is this: Should I leave the swap ...
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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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What kswapd is doing when there is no swap

The top look like this: KiB Mem : 3989652 total, 30976 free, 1480440 used, 2478236 buff/cache KiB Swap: 0 total, 0 free, 0 used. 2276236 avail Mem PID USER PR NI ...
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Should I use a SSD or HDD for “swap” on an old computer

Introduction Let's imagine some environment where the speed is not a factor. In my case I am using a really old computer for a "server" with a lot of stupid things ( personal lab ). It is more ...
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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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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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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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Windows 8 pagefile on usb FLASH

Not duplicate :) Windows 8 hides usb flash drives in the list of virtual memory drive list. The picture taken when I installed 2 usb flash drives but they are not in the list. Any body knows the ...
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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 permanently change Linux swap disk priority

I’m using two swap disks. Changing the order they are in in /etc/fstab and using pri in fstab doesn’t seem to have any effect. This is what it looks like in the /etc/fstab: #swap on other disk ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Windows Swap (Page File): Enable or Disable?

From my personal experience I've noticed that disabling the page file in Windows XP has given me, in general, the most speed gain out of any other software change I can make. Obviously this has to be ...
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possibility of swap space has larger data in it than in my physical memory

Quoting the Deployment Guide from centos.org that is, Swap space in Linux is used when the amount of physical memory (RAM) is full. And that Wikipedia also said that, the term "swap" [is ...
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Mount /tmp on swap in Linux

I have seen this before ... the /tmp directory mounted on swap space. I am aware something similar can be done using tmpfs, but I don't think that what was being used. I too would like to mount /tmp ...
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Linux Mint doesn’t boot after running “rm” command that was supposed to setup a swap partition

When I was creating my Linux hard drive, I skipped creating a swap partition, thinking that 4GB would be enough RAM. Now, I think I do need a swap partition. I asked some people on IRC how to do this, ...
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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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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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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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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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Low RAM in Debian/Ubuntu causes complete hang with disk thrashing

I've been having this severe performance issue, both in Ubuntu 11.10, and Debian Wheezy: If one process uses up a great deal of RAM (say, 3700 MB out of 3900 MB), the system quickly becomes unusable, ...
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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 ...