View Full Version : [xubuntu] swap partition problems

August 9th, 2012, 04:25 AM
Hey guys, I am trying to install Xubuntu on a second hard drive next to windows 7. I selected to set up my own partitions for /swap but I don't see a swap in the selection so I manually type in /swap but when I go to install it says I have no swap and it is recommended to have one. Is the swap called something else in xubuntu?

August 9th, 2012, 04:34 AM
It is not /swap as it is not a mounted partition that you directly use, but just a empty space tha the system uses to write data into, it is just swap.


August 9th, 2012, 04:43 AM
I see! thank you. I skimmed threw the info on that link but didn't see where it would have explained its not an actual partition. That has been my confusion the whole time. I don't think I have seen anything where it was fully explained that way.

Thank you again

August 9th, 2012, 04:53 AM
It really is a partition but without any format.

Also, if you encrypt your /home, the swap space is also encrypted and just about everything in the system does not see that partition as anything, except it still is a partition. It has UUID and is shown as a device. Actually everything in LInux is a file but that is another distinction.

This drive is gpt so it shows swap slight differently than a typical list from sudo fdisk.

fred@fred-Precise:~$ sudo parted /dev/sdb unit s print
[sudo] password for fred:
Model: ATA MAXTOR STM316081 (scsi)
Disk /dev/sdb: 312581808s
Sector size (logical/physical): 512B/512B
Partition Table: gpt

Number Start End Size File system Name Flags
1 34s 16064s 16031s
2 16065s 51215219s 51199155s ext4 MAVERICK
3 51215220s 57352049s 6136830s linux-swap(v1)
4 57352050s 312576704s 255224655s ext4

August 9th, 2012, 04:57 AM
ok, now that you explain it that way "partition with out any format" that makes me feel better. Because It has always been referred to as a partition.

would it be better to use ext4 instead of 3?

August 9th, 2012, 05:46 AM
Swap has no format or file system.

I find ext4 better for / (root). My old data partition is still ext3, but if I was creating it today I would use ext4.