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Old 05-02-2006, 11:00 AM   #1
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Possible to create Swap part. after the fact?

I searched, but didn't come up with anything pertinent. I've got Suse 10.0 installed and thought I had told it to create a swap partition on install, however I apparently didn't. So now I need to create a 2gb swap partition in the 10.2 gb linux partition. Is there a way to resize it and add the swap partition in the free space while Linux is running? Or should I reboot into XP and use PartMagic to create some free unallocated space in my Linux partition and create a swap part that way?

What would be the most user friendly? I'm posting in the Linux Newbie forum for a reason...

Old 05-02-2006, 11:13 AM   #2
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Here's a tutorial on how to make a swap file in the /opt directory:

Here's a link to an old RH8 tutorial on how to make either a swap partition or a swap file:

2GB is an awful lot of swap. Are you doing some intensive computing? I only have 512MB RAM and almost never swap... If you have at least 1 GB of RAM, you probably don't need more than a 512MB swap space.
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Hmmm, that's a good question pl, I've just seen that number bandied about and figured WTH. Thanks for the links. I'm headed there now. I'll go with 1 gb swap to compliment 1gb Ram. Thanks again.


Edit: Damn, checked out those links and it'll take me longer to boot into rescue mode and then re-partition than it would to just reinstall Suse. Do you have to go through that to create free space in your Linux part and add a swap part? Apparently Partition Magic won't allow you to resize a Linux Partition, so no luck there. Thanks for the help so far.

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