I realised after my previous post I realised that it would be worthwhile talking about adding a new partitition.
The first thing you need – or I assume – is that you have a separate hard-drive which is not active (mounted) or can be unmounts using the standard umount command.
We assume the device is sdc (it could be sdb, sda, hda1 etc..).
- Ensure the drive is unmounted – turn off any swap already on it with swapoff (or if it’s clean of swap partitions then you can ignore swapoff)
- type in “parted /dev/sdc” This loads the parted prompt which allows you to manage the disk.
- enter “print” to view details of any existing partitions and free space.
- once you have decided the size you need (at minimum I would recommend match your RAM) type “mkpartfs part-type linux-swap start end” Where for the start and end match the start point available in the print command and ending a number x megabtes above i.e. if the start point is 1024 then the end point would be 5120 for a four gigabyte partition (4096)
- once done type quit to exit parted. The new partition will have been given a number e.g. sdc2 (or higher if others exist)
- all that needs doing is to format the partition “mkswap /dev/sdc”
- to enable it’s the same process as for the file – “swapon /dev/sdc”
If you want to make it work each boot – then edit the fstab using
add to the bottom: (press insert to enter edit mode)
/dev/sdc2 swap swap defaults 0 0
then press escape and shift-Z shift-Z
as before you can check to see if it’s been added by using