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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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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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to move all swap to an SSD: Moving the swapfiles to a dedicated partition in Snow Leopard The information appears to be out of date at ...
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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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What is the exact difference between the parameters (pgpgin, pswpin) and (pswpout, pgpgout) in /proc/vmstat?

Please note that this question is specific to linux only. And by swap space, I mean the dedicated swap partition. I did google a bit on this, and found these definitions: Paging refers to writing ...
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OS X “Swap used”

I'm a bit confused here, I'm trying to open a tab in Chrome and sometimes it takes few seconds while freezing my computer significantly so that I can't use even to bring Dock menu... I even closed ...
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My Ubuntu laptop swap cache to disk freeze my system

My laptop is Thinkpad x220, 4G ram, harddisk is 7200rpm, installed with Ubuntu 12.04, using Unity desktop. When I open eclipse and chrome, they eat about 2G memory. Here is the free -m result: ...
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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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When memory is swapped to disk, and later RAM is freed, does the memory get swapped back into RAM?

I'm guessing the answer depends on the OS. In this case, it is VMware ESXi. I created a low memory condition by migrating several VM's to a host that has memory over-committed. Once page sharing and ...
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GRUB recreate a partition before booting a certain OS

I am having a problem of managing the swap areas on my hard drive. Side story: Due to having only a few GiBs free on my C:\ partition, Windows regularly shrinks the pagefile (even though it ...
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Can't enable swapping in mac os x 10.8.3

some time ago a disabled swap. I need to enable it now and i was not managed to do it with help of sudo launchctl load -wF /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.dynamic_pager.plist & reboot ...
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On Centos 6.3, why do several swap measuring methods return different results?

I have a production system running centos 6.3 with 96 Gb RAM and swap of 2 Gb. The intention is that there is enough RAM on the box so that no processes should get swapped. Over the last week or so ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to swap Fn and Ctrl keys on Lenovo L540

I recently got a new computer and the Fn/Ctrl keys are driving me crazy. Can anyone tell me the proper way to swap Function Fn and Control Ctrl keys on Lenovo L540?
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why do i get swapping even if i set vm.swappiness to 0?

I have a couple centos 6.5 x64 servers with 64GB ram running lots of kvm vps's. some of these servers have no swap usage at all and some do. I've set swappiness to zero. However some still swap even ...
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How to get data shown out of workspace or directly from application?

I'm a new user, because until this moment I used to handle with everything by myself. My problem is complex so I think I chose the right section. Because of some reason I had to use another web ...
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Swap size LIMITED to RAM size

I've created a swap file of 4.3GB. Made it a swap file with mkswap and then mounted it at boot. Now... if I have done a free -m of my system I got: total used free ...
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How to see whats eating my swap space on linux

I have a unique situation here where a Java app I wrote is choking when it forks and creates some child processes. According to the error logs I'm seeing there is a java.lang.UNIXProcess method ...
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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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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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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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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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set up permanent ramdisk in ubuntu to not using ram when is the ramdisk empty

My laptop running Ubuntu 12.04 has 8GB RAM. I added following record to /etc/fstab tmpfs /media/ramdisk tmpfs defaults,noatime,mode=1777 0 0 What exactly does it mean? I have tested that I can ...
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RamFS over sshFS as swapspace

Guys I have to computers at office, boxA - 256mb RD-ram with decent cpu boxB - 1.5 gigs of ram with terrible cpu Network cards are 10/100 I plan to sshfs into boxB and mount a ramfs of boxB as ...
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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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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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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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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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Ubuntu swap not mounted half of the time

I have about 8 different ubuntu systems using different versions of ubuntu/lubuntu/kubuntu/mythbuntu/etc. Some are physical machines, some are virtual. The issue I always have is that upon booting up, ...
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Should the CPU usage go up to 100% when swap happens on Linux

I had been running a demo system on Linux with the following kernel: 2.6.32-400.1.1.el5uek #1 SMP Mon Jun 25 20:25:08 EDT 2012 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux And as soon as swap happens, the CPU ...
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Is my swap space being over used in OS X in /private/var/swap?

I'm using Disk Inventory X to look at whats taking up the most disk space on my HD. I understand that private/var/vm/ is where the OS stores items when it goes into hibernate. I have 8GB of ram, but ...
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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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Can't move OS X swap file to another folder, it keeps being recreated

So I followed these instructions to the letter ---> Moving the swapfiles to a dedicated partition in Snow Leopard But for some reason, the swap files keep being regenerated in the same folder. I've ...
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improving swapping strategy

I'm finding linux's swapping strategy to be somewhat less than ideal. In general I have a ton of processes running, maybe 40 or more big ones, and only end up using a few regularly. Nonetheless, I ...
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swapping or trashing with vast amounts of unmapped pagecache

I'm using kubuntu jaunty (i386 32bit), kernel 2.6.28-13-generic. I've 4Gb of RAM, of which only 3317Mb are seen by the system (I guess because of the 32bit system). I'm seeing that the pagecache ...
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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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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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Mavericks isn't compressing memory

Specs: Mac OS X 10.9.5 | Macbook Pro Mid-2012 15" | 4GB RAM So recently I've been driving my machine to the limit with lots of bioinformatics work and didn't give it much rest. This afternoon it said ...
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Know which is the biggest matrix that can be computed in MATLAB

I mainly use MATLAB for solving linear problems such as Ax = b and the eigenvalue eig/eigs one. I noticed in my current configuration (OS X, i7 2,3GHz, 16GB RAM) that I can compute without using swap ...
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Linux Has Become Very Slow Dealing With Large Data

Last year I bought a computer, for around $1,800, so it is relatively high-end. When I first got it I was particularly pleased at how quick it dealt with large MySQL queries, imports and exports. But ...
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Forcing suspended jobs to swap all memory in Ubuntu

Is is possible to suspend a job and force all of its memory to swap? I've got six jobs running, and they're competing with each other for resources. So much gets wasted on system swapping that they ...