Solved Quick question about Linux swap partitions

March 24, 2013 at 15:38:02
Specs: Ubuntu
Quick question: do I still need a swap partition if I only use Ubuntu for extremely basic tasks like web browsing, etc.?

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March 24, 2013 at 16:20:32
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March 24, 2013 at 18:28:06
That depends a great deal on how much RAM you have. But even if you don't actually need a swapfile partition you will still likely benefit from having one.

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March 27, 2013 at 03:44:37
You probably don't actually need a swap partition, but system stability and performance will suffer without one. The way that modern OSs use swap partitions is very sophisticated - it is most certainly not merely a matter of swapping data out to disk when the system runs short of memory. More explanation here:

The only good reason not to use a swap partition would be if you couldn't spare the few GB of disk space needed. But I would say that if you are that short of disk space then you have other issues that need to be addressed first.

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