Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 169438
Swap Partition docs incorrectly state 2GB limit
Last modified: 2014-08-04 18:15:44 EDT
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Description of problem:
The RHEL 4 (and 3) install guide incorrectly states that a swap partition can only be 2GB in size. This is incorrect as noted by Arjan in this note:
RHEL 4 (and 3) support very large swap partitions and this documentation should be updated as soon as possible.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Read docs
2. Look at swap partition info
Actual Results: "If you are unsure about what size swap partition to create, make it twice the amount of RAM on your machine (but no larger than 2 GB). It must be of type swap."
If your partitioning scheme requires a swap partition that is larger than 2 GB, you should create an additional swap partition. For example, if you need 4 GB of swap, you should create two 2 GB swap partitions. If you have 4 GB of RAM, you should create three 2 GB swap partitions. Red Hat Enterprise Linux supports up to 32 swap files."
Expected Results: Swap partitions have no theoretical limit in size (please verify the exact details with a kernel engineer).
This request was evaluated by Red Hat Product Management for inclusion in a Red
Hat Enterprise Linux maintenance release. Product Management has requested
further review of this enhancement by Red Hat Engineering, for potential
inclusion in a Red Hat Enterprise Linux Update release for currently deployed
products. This enhancement is not yet committed for inclusion in an Update
This is a clear documentation issue that should be fixed. It's like me finding
a bug in the Knowledge Base at http://kbase.redhat.com. It should be fixed and
shouldn't take months to resolve!
This has been fixed in RHEL 5 Installation Guide, and has also been fixed in the
RHEL 4 documentation. Waiting on a rebuild of the RHEL 4 documentation before
pushing to redhat.com.
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This is fixed.
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