the importance of providing swap space

Tomeu Vizoso tomeu at
Fri Oct 23 10:28:08 EDT 2009

On Fri, Oct 23, 2009 at 15:10, Tiago Marques <tiagomnm at> wrote:
> It seems you got lucky, the most common behavior is for it to "crash".
> I've been an advocate of "SWAP for the XO" since I got one, even
> things like browsing become many times faster. It becomes even more
> important on the XO OS because it seems to take up anywhere from
> 30-80MiB more than a similar distribution.
> Some users of DebXO have reported that they don't need swap and I've
> also noticed that memory requirements on my custom built xfce Gentoo
> are much lower. I can get Firefox open with 3-5 tabs and stay below
> 70MiB whereas on the Fedora, even with XFCE, It usually goes up to
> more than 120MiB. Open a PDF and you're done.

In case anybody doens't know yet, there's also which can work in systems without
a SD.



> Best regards,
> Tiago
> On Fri, Oct 23, 2009 at 12:24 PM, Mikus Grinbergs <mikus at> wrote:
>> Helped a friend install os8 on his XO-1.  When we got done, he
>> decided to enter the command 'yum install gparted'.  Yum failed with
>> a "not enough memory" error.
>> I happened to have an SD card with me that had a swap partition
>> defined on it.  The XO's SD slot was already in use, so I attached
>> an USB card reader (with my card in it), and issued the appropriate
>> 'swapon /dev/...' command.
>> Now he could issue 'rpm -e gparted' and then 'yum install gparted'
>> again.  This time, yum was successful.
>> The moral:  Things can be done if swap space is present that cannot
>> be done if swap space is not present.
>> mikus
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