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Old 09-28-2003, 04:38 AM   #1
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Swap space?

I just did a hard drive installation of Knoppix 3.2 and I neglected to create any swap space. What is swap space, what does it do? Can I still use knoppix without it?
Old 09-28-2003, 04:51 AM   #2
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Swap space is what they call Virtual Memory on Windows and Mac.
It's either a file (the Windows way) or a separate partion on your harddisk. The rule is to make it 2 times your RAM (or something near that, but this is must important up to 512 MB RAM).
When your computer runs out of fysical RAM, it copies the contents to SWAP, so it can calculate your new instructions, without losing the data. It speeds up the computer, because you don't have to recalculate everything (or something like that).

Knoppix should work anyway, it is created to not use a harddisk, but it will be slower, if you don't have that much RAM.

Carsten B. Jensen
Old 09-28-2003, 08:07 AM   #3
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I think knoppix includes the GNU disk partitioning tool parted so if you are careful you can create a separate swap space partition afterwards, and next time knoppix will see it and use it. Probably depends on whether your windoze drive is formatted NTFS or FAT32, I know parted can easily nondestructively resize FAT32 partitions but it might not be able to do NTFS.
Old 05-05-2004, 01:42 PM   #4
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Please help me, swap space..

Hi everyone.

How do Linux and Windows organize their swap space?

Can anyone help me answer the above question. I will be really gratefull if anyone helps me. I have searched the forum but couldn't find the asnwer to the above question. Please help me. Thanks in advance.



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