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when i shutdown the computer and watch all the text when linux is shutting itself down im pretty sure i see on the left hand side where it says shutting down swap then over on the right hand side i see "missing" in red.
when i did swapon -s it said /dev/hdb5
and swapon /dev/hdb5 told me device was busy
and when i tried man swap it said "no manual entry for swap"
I also have a monitor program on my desktop so i can see how much memory and swap is used and ive never seen it used on this installation and i know it should have because i purposely multitasked with gimp, mathematica, open office, and many more.
i have 512mb of ram so i im pretty sure i should have used swap space when multitasking because when i had 9.2 i did use it in similar situations
As far as I remember I got that message a couple of times too. But only at shutdown and not always. I think it is more valuable to know if swap is set-up on boot. Try 'dmesg | grep swap' to see if swap has been activated.