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SubjectRe: 2.4 and 2GB swap partition limit
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LA Walsh wrote:
> Rogier Wolff wrote:
>
> > > > On Linux any swap adds to the memory pool, so 1xRAM would be
> > > > equivalent to 2xRAM with the old old OS's.
> > >
> > > no more true AFAIK
> >
> > I've always been trying to convice people that 2x RAM remains a good
> > rule-of-thumb.
>
> ---
> Ug. I like to view swap as "low grade memory" -- i.e. I really
> should spend 99.9% of my time in RAM -- if I spill, then it means
> I'm running too much/too big for my computer and should get more RAM --
> meanwhile, I suffer with performance degradation to remind me I'm really
> exceeding my machine's physical memory capacity.

Agreed. However, with current growing memory sizes, people are
suggesting: "I ran with 32Mb RAM and 64Mb swap until a year ago, so
128Mb ram should allow me to run swapless". I disagree.

The price-difference between RAM and disk is such (*) that if you
follow the guideline of swap=2xRAM, you're still spending 20 to 50
times as much on the RAM as you are on the disk space for swap.

Even if the swap is going to be idle 99.9% of the time, the investment
allows you to say "gosh what is the machien slow today. It might be
swapping" instead of "Why the heck has the machine crashed (#) all of
a sudden."

Rogier.

(*) And remains like that!

(#) Even if we have a good OOM killer, you might find the machine in a
non-workable state.

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