what is the difference between swap partition and swap

Joel Oliver joelol75 at verizon.net
Fri Mar 13 12:27:04 UTC 2009

Steven Vollom wrote:
> I don't know if you want to hear this, but I just built my new computer 
> a 64bit machine.  I have a fairly large HDD and Lots of memory Plus a 
> quad-core now.  When I set up my new system, I installed Intrepie 64bit 
> with KDE 4.2.  Not knowing it wasn't possible, I made a 50gb boot 
> partition and a 20gb swap partition and so far it is working pretty 
> good.  So if you have a newer OS, you may be able to have more swap.  I 
> didn't know there were limitations when I did it.  I have 8gb memory 
> installed.
> Steven

20GB Swap? That's alot of wasted space.  If this is a desktop system and 
you have no intention on hibernating it with 300 various apps opened at 
the same time, 2Gb would be enough.  8Gb max.  My bet would be your 
system would "never" ever swap anyway with 8GB RAM.

And I assume you mean a 50Gb "root" partition.  If setting up a separate 
boot partition (which isn't necessary) You only need a very small amount 
of space as the boot partition only holds grub settings and your 
kernels/initrd images.


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