Data partition sharing between Ubuntu & WinXP

Derek Broughton news at
Fri May 25 14:28:51 UTC 2007

Dave Woyciesjes wrote:

> Derek Broughton wrote:
>> If you ever want to be able to hibernate/suspend, you will need between
>> 1.5
>> & 3GB of swap.  Otherwise, no Linux doesn't _need_ a swap file/partition
>> at all.
> Hibernate/suspend, no. Sleep, probably enable that, simply for power
> saving.

That doesn't touch swap space, so it doesn't matter.

> As for not needing swap space, I'm confused. When did that change? Or
> have I just completely mis-understood the point/need of swap space?
> Which is quite possible...

It's never changed afaik.  I have fairly often, in the early days of
hibernation support, ended up starting a system without swap (the
hibernation process could corrupt the swap partition) and not noticing
until the system started to get really slow.  As far as the running system
knows, swap is just more memory.  If you run without enough memory,
processes can be randomly killed.  If you use a swap file, it's less likely
to happen.  

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