Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 124434
Install does not support swap file configuration
Last modified: 2007-11-30 17:10:43 EST
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Description of problem:
On performing a new install I wanted to configure a swap file instead
of a swap partition. A swap file is more flexible and convenient to
use than a swap partition, since you can reconfigure it later if
required, unlike a swap partition which has fixed size determined by
the disk partitioning.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1.Perform new install.
2.Manually partition disk and do not create a swap partition.
Actual Results: A warning is given:
"You have not specified a swap partition. "
"Although not strictly required in all cases, "
"it will significantly improve performance for "
I think this statement is incorrect for the 2.6 kernel - a system with
a swap file should perform just as well as a system with a swap
partition. You should also be able to run Linux without a swap file or
partition if you wish (and have a reasonable amount of memory).
Linux did not install, the system rebooted and reported a grub error.
Expected Results: To be given the option to create a swap file (or
have a swap file created automatically).
Running without any swap does have somewhat detrimental effects, hence
the warning. Adding support for creating swap files is non-ideal from
a UI perspective and thus isn't going to happen in the near to medium
Reopening as an RFE, following:
There are still reasons not to do swap files (including swsusp, which is even
mentioned there :-) and the UI for doing them would still be pretty sub-par