How To Add Swap on CentOS 7

Posted December 9, 2019 2.6k views

Hi all,

Recently we got a feedback on our tutorial -

It stated the following :

sudo swapon /swapfile swapon failed: invalid argument

Shout out to @Vault108 for pointing this out! I want to confirm we are in the process of updating the tutorial to avoid this error

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This error is created due to the usage of fallocate in the article.

The problem with fallocate is that it uses filesystem ioctls to make the allocation fast and effective, the disadvantage is that it does not physically allocate the space but swapon(2) syscall requires a real space.

To move forward with this, replace the command that uses fallocate the create the file with this:

sudo dd if=/dev/zero of=/myswap count=4096 bs=1MiB

Once you do, follow every step of the tutorial as it’s written.

Thanks again to @Vault108 for mentioning this!