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  • How to Increase swap memory size in Linux


    You must have faced a condition when you need to increase your swap size. Well I faced one when I was trying to install Oracle Database and I was out of swap memory.

    I will show you two ways which can be used to do the same.

    Method 1

    If you have additional space in your hard disk create swap based partition.
    # fdisk /dev/sda
    Command (m for help):
    n
    Command action
       e   extended
       p   primary partition (1-4)
    e
    Partition number (1-4): 1
    First cylinder (1-48699, default 1): 1
    Last cylinder, +cylinders or +size{K,M,G} (1-48699, default 48699): +100M
    Command (m for help): p

    Disk /dev/sda: 51.1 GB, 51064602624 bytes
    64 heads, 32 sectors/track, 48699 cylinders
    Units = cylinders of 2048 * 512 = 1048576 bytes
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0x3a369b23
    Device    Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
    /dev/sda4                    1         101      103408    5   Extended

    Command (m for help): t
    Selected partition 1
    Hex code (type L to list codes): L
    Hex code (type L to list codes): 82
    Command (m for help):w

    Once the partition is created run the below commands
    # partprobe /dev/sda4
    # mkswap /dev/sda4

    To utilize the created partition as swap and making it "ON"
    # swapon /dev/sda4
    To check the swap report





    # swapon -s
    Ensure that when the system reboots, the swap file is made available to the kernel
    # vi /etc/fstab
    /dev/sda4                    swap                   swap     defaults        0 0

    Update the fstab file
    # mount -a
    If you want to turnoff the swap partition
    # swapoff
    To check the swap partitions
    # swapon -s
    Check the swap memory
    # free -m



    Method 2
    If you do not have additional space in your hard disk create swap based file.

    Create 512MB swap file
    dd if=/dev/zero of=/swapfile bs=1024 count=524288
    Calculation:
    For 512 MB = 512 * 1024
    For 2 GB = (2*1024) * 1024

    # mkswap /swapfile
    # swapon /swapfile

    Ensure that when the system reboots, the swap file is made available to the kernel
    # vi /etc/fstab
    /swapfile                    swap                   swap     defaults        0 0

    Update the fstab file
    # mount -a

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