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Re: Memory, swap, and limits

Beartooth Sciurivore wrote:
Every new computer I've yet had has begun slowing down soon after I get it -- probably because I keep several browsers open, with from several to many tabs each. I've learned long since to make sure each machine has all the memory it can handle from the git-go, before it ever reaches my house. And every time I do an install, when I get to anaconda's partitioning stage, I try to triple the swap; it always refuses.

Yet the little bar graph that Gnome's System Monitor (2.22.2 on the present F9 machine; probably the same on all the rest -- I always upgrade early) puts on my panel seldom shows a total of memory and swap together much less than 95% in use.

Otoh, I've never gotten anywhere near filling up a hard drive, except once when I had a testbed machine triple booting three different distros. So why can't I at least increase the swap space?
I believe there is a limit to the size of a swap partition. I don't remember what it is. But you can create more then one swap partition. The system will use them all. You also have the option of adding a swap file after install. Try this, and see if it helps. But remember, when you start doing a lot of swapping, the system is going to slow way down.


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