Swap: an idea whose time has come, and gone.
Posted Mar 23, 2007 0:21 UTC (Fri) by mgedmin
In reply to: Swap: an idea whose time has come, and gone.
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In my experience it is less painful to recover from memory hogs filling up all the RAM when you have swap than when you don't. When there's no swap the machine often thrashes while being completely nonresponsive for tens of seconds until the OOM killer kicks in.
My experience may be somewhat outdated, though. I haven't tried running a swapless machine for quite a while now.
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