sudo swapon /swapfile error

November 23, 2017 2.7k views
Applications CentOS

Following tutorial: https://www.digitalocean.com/community/tutorials/additional-recommended-steps-for-new-centos-7-servers

When I get to the swapon command it fiels.

$ sudo swapon /swapfile
swapon: /swapfile: swapon failed: Invalid argument

Docs should be fixed to tell people to use: sudo dd if=/dev/zero of=/swapfile count=4096 bs=1MiB instead of fallocate. Anyway another tutorial also says its bad idea to use swapfile for SSD systems

2 Answers
gparent November 23, 2017
Accepted Answer

fallocate works fine on other OSes (in fact it's literally recommended in the mkswap man page), so I'm guessing the reason for this is because the root partition is using xfs on the CentOS 7 images.

I'd also agree with you that if you're up to adding 4 gigabytes of swap, you're way better off upgrading the droplet :)

Sí si funciona, debes hacer un reboot. Mira:

1.- Creamos el swapfile:
sudo fallocate -l 4G /swapfile

2.- Verificamos el espacio reservado en swapfile:
ls -lh /swapfile
[root@159 ~]# ls -lh /swapfile
-rw-r--r--. 1 root root 4.0G Mar 18 03:36 /swapfile

3.- Enable Swap y con permisos restringidos:
chmod 600 /swapfile

4.- verificamos que sea así:
ls -lh /swapfile
[root@159 ~]# ls -lh /swapfile
-rw-------. 1 root root 4.0G Mar 18 03:36 /swapfile

5.- Configuramos el archivo de intercambio:
mkswap /swapfile
[root@159 ~]# mkswap /swapfile
Setting up swapspace version 1, size = 4194300 KiB
no label, UUID=e83cdb0e-97f6-4f74-b71d-56c077387b14

6.- mkswap /swapfile
[root@159 ~]# swapon /swapfile
swapon: /swapfile: swapon failed: Invalid argument

No aparece nada!!!:
[root@159 ~]# swapon -s

Reinciamos el servidor:
reeboot

ssh root@XXX.XX.XXX.XXX
PASS

[root@centos-s-2vcpu-4gb-nyc1-01 ~]# free -m
total used free shared buff/cache available
Mem: 3790 1198 1629 9 963 2330
Swap: 0 0 0

[root@centos-s-2vcpu-4gb-nyc1-01 ~]# fallocate -l 4G /swapfile

[root@centos-s-2vcpu-4gb-nyc1-01 ~]# ls -lh /swapfile
-rw-------. 1 root root 4.0G Mar 18 03:54 /swapfile

[root@centos-s-2vcpu-4gb-nyc1-01 ~]# chmod 600 /swapfile

[root@centos-s-2vcpu-4gb-nyc1-01 ~]# ls -lh /swapfile
-rw-------. 1 root root 4.0G Mar 18 03:54 /swapfile

[root@centos-s-2vcpu-4gb-nyc1-01 ~]# mkswap /swapfile
Setting up swapspace version 1, size = 4194300 KiB
no label, UUID=810db92a-a575-4652-9ed0-a731f7fad584

[root@centos-s-2vcpu-4gb-nyc1-01 ~]# swapon /swapfile
Filename Type Size Used Priority
/swapfile file 4194300 0 -1

[root@centos-s-2vcpu-4gb-nyc1-01 ~]# swapon -s
Filename Type Size Used Priority
/swapfile file 4194300 0 -1

[root@centos-s-2vcpu-4gb-nyc1-01 ~]# free -m
total used free shared buff/cache available
Mem: 3790 1221 1574 9 994 2307
Swap: 4095 0 4095

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