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Old 10th July 2008
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I use a swap partition on everything although on my workstations they are rarely if ever used. In server environments, though, especially for virtualization servers, I always use some swap. In those cases I calculate my total available virtual machines using a formula like this:

# of VMs = ((RAM+swap)/avg memory per VM)

I don't think, given the relative cheapness of RAM and harddrive space, that there's any concrete justification to configuring swap as 2 or 3 times your system RAM - not on a workstation or laptop, anyway. But in a server implementation I can see that swap is going to be used.
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