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Old 10-24-2007, 05:29 AM   #1
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Swap partition size on a low spec machine ?

I have a Ubuntu box which I specifically use as a server to play around and experiment, so no X / GUI. It is a 500Mz machine with 128 RAM. I usually go by the rule of thumb that swap partition size should be twice the RAM. Currently I have set swap partition size to 384 Mb, however, a knowledgeable and respected member of LQ recommended that it should be 1GB. Would setting it to 1 GB give rise to a tangible improvement in performance especially considering that the machine is such an old low spec model ?

Old 10-24-2007, 06:09 AM   #2
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If it's got no X or GUIs, 256MB or 512MB should be OK, or leave it as it is.

Last edited by brianL; 10-24-2007 at 06:11 AM.


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