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SubjectRe: 2.4.x swap >= 2*memsize requirement status.

>From: "J.R. de Jong" <>
>Subject: 2.4.x swap >= 2*memsize requirement status.
>Date: Sat, 14 Jul 2001 13:42:46 +0200 (CEST)
>Hi all,
>I noticed that among fellow linux users there is much confusion about the
>2.4.x swap requirement. Some heard that it is a _requirement_ to have >=
>2*memsize swap or none at all, and others heard that it is advisory in the
>sense that performance/stability wil drop drastically when one does not
>take this advice to heart.
>There was a heated debate about the wisdom of the supposed requirement,
>especially since many found it to be a major drawback compared to the
>2.2.x series. However, I think there is a need for clarity on the real
>status of the issue. Which brings me to my question: Can anyone shed some
>light on how 'required' this requirement really is and what one could
>expect to happen when this requirement is not met?
>Johan de Jong.
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It's not a requirement in the sense that you can't run a system where swap <
2 * RAM. It's afaik merely a strong suggestion, both for servers and
workstations. About the difference between 2.4 and 2.2: IIRC Rik van Riel
(maybe it was Alan Cox or some other person, I'm not sure) wrote some time
ago to the list, telling that the requirement is not here to stay. Current
VM is balanced around the 2*RAM-idea, but much work is being done on the
memory-subsystem, so it shouldn't take too long (as in: before the release
of 2.6/3.0...) before it's better. For some discussion about this subject,
take a look at or (both in dutch, My nick
there is 'odysseus', as you'll see).

Disclaimer: all the above was written with experience only from real-life
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