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  1. #1

    linux swap space size limit

    I am using Partition Magic (8.0) inder WinXP to prepare my HD for an Ubuntu installation. When I go to create a partition for my swap space I want to create a 4G partition (because my physical RAM is 2G). However, for some reason Partition Magic won't let me create a partition more than 2055MB. Is this a limitation of Partition Magic or Linux? Could I get away with creating a 2G swap partition even though I have 2G physical RAM - or should I persevere with trying to find a way to create a 4G swap partition?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    May 2004
    arch linux
    Welcome to the forums!

    You really won't need a 4GB swap file. If it were me, I wouldn't use any more than about 512 MB.

    I have 1 GB of ram, and only use a 512 MB swap, and it never gets touched.

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    SuperMod (Back again) devils casper's Avatar
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    Jun 2006
    Chandigarh, India
    if you have 2GB RAM then you dont even need SWAP partition. i have 512MB RAM only and my machine uses SWAP space rarely.

    * try GParted to resize partitions. its available in Ubuntu LiveCD. boot up from Ubuntu LiveCD and look for GParted in Menu.
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    Just Joined! Runn3r.cze's Avatar
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    Jul 2007
    czech republic
    i think 2gb is a limit for linux swap partitions but if you really want to have so much swap space you can have and use 8 swap partitions at time

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    thanks all for your responses.

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