Memory, swap, and limits
Mikkel L. Ellertson
mikkel at infinity-ltd.com
Wed Jun 18 13:58:47 UTC 2008
Beartooth Sciurivore wrote:
> Every new computer I've yet had has begun slowing down soon after
> I get it -- probably because I keep several browsers open, with from
> several to many tabs each. I've learned long since to make sure each
> machine has all the memory it can handle from the git-go, before it ever
> reaches my house. And every time I do an install, when I get to
> anaconda's partitioning stage, I try to triple the swap; it always
> Yet the little bar graph that Gnome's System Monitor (2.22.2 on
> the present F9 machine; probably the same on all the rest -- I always
> upgrade early) puts on my panel seldom shows a total of memory and swap
> together much less than 95% in use.
> Otoh, I've never gotten anywhere near filling up a hard drive,
> except once when I had a testbed machine triple booting three different
> distros. So why can't I at least increase the swap space?
I believe there is a limit to the size of a swap partition. I don't
remember what it is. But you can create more then one swap
partition. The system will use them all. You also have the option of
adding a swap file after install. Try this, and see if it helps. But
remember, when you start doing a lot of swapping, the system is
going to slow way down.
Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons,
for thou art crunchy and taste good with Ketchup!
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