[PC-BSD Testing] Swap and root partition sizes... wtf?

Kris Moore kris at pcbsd.org
Wed Aug 24 12:41:06 PDT 2011

On 08/24/2011 15:37, Bruce Cran wrote:
> On 24/08/2011 20:36, Jamie Ivanov wrote:
>> 2*mem was the rule of thumb 10 years ago. I've run bsd from 486's to 
>> multi-core xeon servers, I have *never* used more than 1G swap. Back 
>> in those 486 days the rule of thumb applied. But still, 9G of swap? 
>> Its simple to incorporate your "rule of thumb" with a logical limiter 
>> so nobody waste 9G on swap. With 4G of ram, I doubt swap will ever be 
>> used, it hasn't yet.
> I have a machine with 16GB RAM and would be rather disappointed if I 
> saw that 32GB of disk space was used for swap :)
What do you think the upper-limit should be on SWAP then? 2/4 or higher?

Kris Moore
PC-BSD Software

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