Bug 113458 - swap guidlines misleading...
Summary: swap guidlines misleading...
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Product: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3
Classification: Red Hat
Component: rhel-sag (Show other bugs)
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Version: 3.0
Hardware: All Linux
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Assignee: Sandra Moore
QA Contact: John Ha
URL: http://www.redhat.com/docs/manuals/en...
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Blocks: 123819
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Reported: 2004-01-14 04:46 UTC by Johnray Fuller
Modified: 2014-08-04 22:14 UTC (History)
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Last Closed: 2005-03-29 19:12:00 UTC
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Description Johnray Fuller 2004-01-14 04:46:36 UTC
The guidelines for swap are a little misleading...

"Chapter 2. Swap Space
2.1. What is Swap Space?...

...The size of your swap space should be equal to twice your
computer's RAM, or 32 MB, whichever amount is larger, but no more than
2048 MB (or 2 GB)."

Creation of the proper amount of swap space varies depending on a
number of factors including the following (in descending order of

- The applications running on the machine.
- The amount of physical RAM is installed on the machine.
- The version of the OS.

In general the following rule of thumb works well:

> Swap should equal 2x physical RAM for up to 2 GB of physical RAM and 1x
> RAM above that, but never less than 32 MB.

Using this basic formula, a system with 2 GB of physical RAM would
have 4 GB of swap, while one with 3 GB of physical RAM would have 5 GB
of swap

For systems with really large amounts of RAM (more than 32 GB) you can
likely get away with less (around 1x, or maybe less, of physical RAM).

Unfortunately, allocating swap is more of an art than a science, so
hard rules are not really possible.

One other note, both RHEL 3 and RHEL 2.1 support up to 32 swap files.
However, due to limitations in the mkswap application under RHEL 2.1,
the maximum size of those partitions or files can be no larger than 2
GB. The version of mkswap which ships with RHEL 3 does not have this

Hope that helps!


Comment 1 Tammy Fox 2004-01-14 04:49:55 UTC
Assigning to new owner

Comment 2 Suzanne Hillman 2004-01-15 20:00:28 UTC
*** Bug 113459 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***

Comment 3 Milan Kerslager 2004-06-11 15:30:57 UTC
See this links for more info about SWAP:


Comment 4 Andrius Benokraitis 2005-03-29 19:12:00 UTC
Thanks for all the comments and advice! :-)

Chapter updated, committed to CVS. Expect changes to go live for Update 1 for RHEL4.

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