Before we create our swap file, we’ll check our current disk usage to make sure we have enough space. Do this by entering:
Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on udev 481M 0 481M 0% /dev tmpfs 99M 656K 98M 1% /run /dev/vda1 25G 1.4G 23G 6% / tmpfs 493M 0 493M 0% /dev/shm tmpfs 5.0M 0 5.0M 0% /run/lock tmpfs 493M 0 493M 0% /sys/fs/cgroup /dev/vda15 105M 3.4M 102M 4% /boot/efi tmpfs 99M 0 99M 0% /run/user/1000
The device with
/ in the
Mounted on column is our disk in this case. We have plenty of space available in this example (only 1.4G used). Your usage will probably be different.
Although there are many opinions about the appropriate size of a swap space, it really depends on your personal preferences and your application requirements. Generally, an amount equal to or double the amount of RAM on your system is a good starting point. Another good rule of thumb is that anything over 4G of swap is probably unnecessary if you are just using it as a RAM fallback.