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Author Topic: installing without a swap partition  (Read 3473 times)


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installing without a swap partition
« on: May 11, 2009, 04:49:13 pm »

Hi all -- I've seen this topic come up a couple of times, so I just thought I would mention our experience at work running boxes without swap:

We run caching webservers without swap--there are reasons, but they're rather technical (pm me if you really wanna know).  We have a lot of them so if one craps it's no big deal.  That said, on the rare occasions when a box runs out of ram it will lock hard, requiring it to be power-cycled to recover.

In our case, when a runaway app locks a box we are not at risk of data loss.  That might not be the case for you.

Cheers, Steve