Why does my server have no swap partition?


Mammoth Cloud does not provision servers with swap by default because, in our experience, the server's behaviour when using swap is worse(high disk I/O, server becomes unusable forcing power-cycle) than just having individual processes being killed to free up memory.

We don't expressly forbid people from creating their own swap files but as a general rule of thumb (of course there might be some exceptions) in the context of servers, if contents of memory have to be swapped out to disk on a routine basis it essentially means there's not enough RAM in the system.

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