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Should You Use Twice the Amount of Ram as Swap Space?

Nov 19, 2008, 17:16 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Vivek Gite)

[ Thanks to An Anonymous Reader for this link. ]

"Old dumb memory managers

"I think the '2x swap space' rule came from Old Solaris and Windows admins. Also, earlier memory mangers were very badly designed. There were not very smart. Today, we have very smart and intelligent memory manager for both Linux and UNIX.

"Nonsense rule: Twice the size of your main system RAM for Servers

According to OpenBSD FAQ:

"Many people follow an old rule of thumb that your swap partition should be twice the size of your main system RAM. This rule is nonsense. On a modern system, that's a LOT of swap, most people prefer that their systems never swap. You don't want your system to ever run out of RAM+swap, but you usually would rather have enough RAM in the system so it doesn't need to swap."

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