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My swapfile isn't used

I’ve created a swapfile but zero swap is being used.

$ free -m: total used free shared buffers cached Mem: 490 478 12 0 3 412 -/+ buffers/cache: 62 428 Swap: 511 0 511

$ swapon -s Filename Type Size Used Priority /swapfile file 524284 0 -1

$ vim /etc/fstab:

<file system> <mount point> <type> <options> <dump> <pass>

proc /proc proc nodev,noexec,nosuid 0 0

/ was on /dev/vda1 during installation

UUID=b96601ba-7d51-4c5f-bfe2-63815708aabd / ext4 noatime,errors=remount-ro 0 1 /swapfile none swap sw 0 0

After the (sudo /home/deploy/.rbenv/shims/passenger-install-nginx-module) command, this error shows up: Your compiler failed with the exit status 4. This probably means that it ran out of memory. To solve this problem, try increasing your swap space: https://www.digitalocean.com/community/articles/how-to-add-swap-on-ubuntu-12-04

What is going wrong? The swap file is configured and available, but isn’t used by the installer of passenger-nginx.


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@mathijskingma: The article sets vm.swappiness to 0 while the one I posted above sets it to 10.

Wow thank you! But what does this command exactly and why it isn’t named in this tutorial https://www.digitalocean.com/community/articles/how-to-add-swap-on-ubuntu-12-04 ?

Try running <code>sudo sysctl vm.swappiness=10</code>—does that fix it?