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Bug 445626 - Swap amount in handbook needs a discussion
Summary: Swap amount in handbook needs a discussion
Alias: None
Product: [OLD] Docs on
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Installation Handbook (show other bugs)
Hardware: All Linux
: Normal normal (vote)
Assignee: Sven Vermeulen (RETIRED)
Depends on:
Reported: 2012-12-02 15:31 UTC by Alexander Berntsen (RETIRED)
Modified: 2013-12-17 09:13 UTC (History)
1 user (show)

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Description Alexander Berntsen (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2012-12-02 15:31:04 UTC
«When prompted for the last cylinder, type +512M to create a partition 512MB in size» - why? There is no discussion or explanation presented as to what swap is.

This might of course be a bit out of scope, but 512M is a really odd recommendation to give in 2012. If most people run a full blown desktop environment (GNOME3 and KDE4 likely being popular choices), a modern Web browser and email client (Firefox and Thunderbird being very applicable examples) - that means they can't hibernate to RAM.

Considering the amount of people who come to #gentoo and #gentoo-chat to ask how much swap they should have and why, I propose a short description of what swap is used for, and a few example swap sizes. At the very least the one example given needs to be changed to e.g. the RAM size.
Comment 1 Sven Vermeulen (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2013-12-17 09:13:45 UTC
Thanks; you're right. There is hardly any information in the current handbook about swap purpose (and sizing). I've added this information. Should show up on the site in an hour or so.