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I have a question for you guy's, I have Slackware 9.0 and I have a 1gb swat partition made for it. I use Gnome and when I look at the system monitor It says that there is 0 Swap used and 0 Swap to use. When I look in cfdisk it says that there is a swap, hda5, but for some reason Slack isn't seeing that way and my system is way slow. Please Help!!
If your swap isn't being used, then no worries, that's actually a good thing. Creating a 1 GB swap is actually a waste of space really. If your system is slow, look elsewhere for the problem, like what services are running, apps, etc.
I agree with tricky kid. Many rules of thumb tell you to make swap twice as big as your availible ram but that isn't really useful for most people.
It is very useful for debugging kernel faults at times but the fact is most of us these days don't use much swap because our systems are so powerful, and swap is definitly a last option as far as memory is conserned.