Linux add swap space file

To add swap space for Linux, you'll need to add either a swap partition or create a new (big) file and use it for swap:

To add a new 1GB file I do this:

mkdir /swap

dd if=/dev/zero of=/swap/swapfile_1gb bs=1024 count=1048576

mkswap /swap/swapfile_1gb

swapon /swap/swapfile_1gb

To enable the swap file for the next boot, edit /etc/fstab and add this:

/swapfile swap swap defaults 0 0

To check that the swap file is used, type:

swapon -s

That's it!

bs: blocksize
count: number of blocks 1 million blocks x 1K = 1G


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