swap sizing

Kris Kennaway kris at obsecurity.org
Mon May 30 16:11:57 PDT 2005

On Mon, May 30, 2005 at 09:05:25AM -0600, Ken Gunderson wrote:
> Hello:
> On larger systems sporting several gigs of ram, what it the recommended
> swap scheme?  I'm aware of the 2x ram rule of thumb and also that this
> rule is considered "old school" by many.  And of course that you need
> at least as much swap as ram if you want to get a full dump...
> But other than that it seems we pretty much don't want/need to be
> swapping at all on modern machines.  Curious what folks are doing in the
> modern world with larger systems.

I'd recommend as much swap as RAM (allowing for future expansion if
you think you might one day add more RAM).  You'll kick yourself if
one day this machine encounters a FreeBSD bug and no-one is able to
help you because you can't dump it.

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