[Om2008.12] Adding swap space can stop app crashes
Nick Van Fossen
stix213 at hotmail.com
Sat Jan 17 00:14:53 CET 2009
Just as a helpful note, adding swap space seems to help against application crashes. I've always had issues with
tangoGPS and the various webbrower apps crashing. Looking into it a little more I notice that this was occurring when the
puny 128MB of memory was getting filled up. So, I added a swap file onto my microSD card and have had these problems
practically clear up. Anyone else had any similar experiences? If this is a true fix this should probably go onto the wiki.
So, I'm a bit lazy so instead of going through the trouble of adding a swap partition, I just created a swap file. My microSD
card is mounted at /media/nickcard so change the below accordingly. I set mine up for 1GB, but that seems like way
overkill, so here is a quick command list to create a 1/2GB swap.
Create the swap file on the mounted microSD card (count is the number of megabytes, change accordingly):
dd if=/dev/zero of=/media/nickcard/swapfile.img bs=1024k count=512
Format the swap file:
Add the swap file to your running system:
use "free -m" to verify that the swap is going
Now like I said I am lazy, so I didn't want to bother remembering how fstab worked so that it would auto-start that way,
so I just added that last command to the startup. I read that you would just add
"/media/nickcard/swapfile.img none swap sw 0 0" to /etc/fstab but don't sue me if that part don't work. :)
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