Multiple SWAP partitions

Whenever I do an install, I always create a swap partition. But how about, if I have several hard disk and I am not sure which one would be best? Or if I do not want to waste too much space of a single hard disk? Or just because.

I came across this howto, explaining that having multiple SWAP partitions are, indeed, possible. There’s also info in the excellent Arch Linux wiki. In my case, I have two physical hard disks with swap partitions on sda4 (4 GB) and sdb2 (5 GB). I added them to /etc/fstab as follows:

/dev/sda4        swap             swap        defaults         0   0
/dev/sdb2        swap             swap        defaults         0   0

Now, when I run htop, the computer reports that it has 9 GB of swap. As explained in the first link, it is possible to assign priority by pri= option, but I left it as it is. In this way, they will be written as kind of a RAID. Seems that the sw option mentioned there is kinda redundant.



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