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Re: Swap partition vs swap file

Pretty sure the partition is far more common. The file version is
there if you need it, but hopefully you don't. Having the pages sit in
a file on top of a filesystem just adds some extra layers, probably
decreases performance a bit, AFAIK

On Wed, Nov 21, 2012 at 12:23 PM, David Guntner <davidg@akamail.net> wrote:
> Hi all,
> While still trying to figure out why Thunderbird isn't working so well
> with Dovecot, I figured I'd move onto another mystery; thought I'd seek
> out some opinions here. :-)
> When setting up Linux systems, I've always set up a separate swap
> partition.  I was reading a few days ago that apparently there's a nifty
> way to do like Windows does (that alone should probably be good enough
> reason to *not* do it... :-) ) and set up a swap *file* instead.
> So, anyone?  Pros & cons?  Is there any reason to prefer one over the other?
> One thing to know about up front - my new Debian setup is on my home
> server.  It runs 24/7 and I *never* suspend/hibernate it.  So since it
> never has to resume from a swap partition, that particular item is moot. :-)
> So, what is the common "best practice" (more-or-less) consensus on the
> subject these days?
>                   --Dave

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