Linux: Grinding To A Swap

Posted by dave on May 11, 2004 5:10 AM EDT
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Another brief discussion on the lkml looked into the complaint that a Linux server can occasionally bog down paging data in and out of swap. This time, the proposed solution was the usage of a userland dynamic swap creation daemon, such as swapd or dynswapd. The latter's home page explains, "dynamically de/activates swap files and partitions as required, creating and deleting swap files as necessary." Unfortunately, as Paul Jackson points out, there is little gained for the average user as hard drive space is inexpensive and any amount of swap can usually be allocated permanently.

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