Question about the swap file...???

Larry larryesu at
Tue Jun 22 13:05:04 UTC 2010

On 06/22/2010 08:00 AM, Smoot Carl-Mitchell wrote:
> On Tue, 2010-06-22 at 07:46 -0500, Larry wrote:
>> *I've been watching my pc's CPU at times in is lower than at other time,
>> I am guessing when it is performing  a task, it inscreases say from 16.5
>> too 48, then drops back to a lower rate...But the Swap file shows  0%,
>> all of the time, would this speed up things if the swap file would take
>> the load away from the CPU at times...???
>> If this is true, can someone suggest to me on how to get the swap to be
>> used when it is needed...???
> 0% of swap used is generally a "good thing".  It means there is zero
> paging to and from disk which likely means your workload is not taxing
> the virtual memory system at all.  Using swap does not reduce the load
> on the CPU.  If anything paging to and from swap will increase your CPU
> load, since it takes some cpu time to run the paging algorithm.
*Thank you Carl, for your input, I now know that it is a good thing when 
it is showing a 0%...

Have a nice day...


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