SWAPON(8)                    System Administration                   SWAPON(8)

       swapon, swapoff - enable/disable devices and files for paging and swap-

       swapon [options] [specialfile...]
       swapoff [-va] [specialfile...]

       swapon is used to specify devices on which paging and swapping  are  to
       take place.

       The  device or file used is given by the specialfile parameter.  It may
       be of the form -L label or -U uuid to indicate a  device  by  label  or

       Calls  to  swapon  normally occur in the system boot scripts making all
       swap devices available, so that the paging  and  swapping  activity  is
       interleaved across several devices and files.

       swapoff disables swapping on the specified devices and files.  When the
       -a flag is given, swapping is disabled on all known  swap  devices  and
       files (as found in /proc/swaps or /etc/fstab).

       -a, --all
              All devices marked as ``swap'' in /etc/fstab are made available,
              except for those with the ``noauto'' option.  Devices  that  are
              already being used as swap are silently skipped.

       -d, --discard[=policy]
              Enable  swap  discards,  if the swap backing device supports the
              discard or trim operation.  This may improve performance on some
              Solid  State  Devices, but often it does not.  The option allows
              one to select  between  two  available  swap  discard  policies:
              --discard=once  to  perform  a single-time discard operation for
              the whole swap area at swapon;  or  --discard=pages  to  discard
              freed  swap pages before they are reused, while swapping.  If no
              policy is selected, the default behavior is to enable both  dis-
              card types.  The /etc/fstab mount options discard, discard=once,
              or discard=pages may also be used to enable discard flags.

       -e, --ifexists
              Silently skip devices that do not exist.  The  /etc/fstab  mount
              option nofail may also be used to skip non-existing device.

       -f, --fixpgsz
              Reinitialize  (exec mkswap) the swap space if its page size does
              not match that of the current running  kernel.   mkswap(2)  ini-
              tializes the whole device and does not check for bad blocks.

       -h, --help
              Display help text and exit.

       -L label
              Use  the  partition  that  has  the specified label.  (For this,
              access to /proc/partitions is needed.)

       -o, --options opts
              Specify swap  options  by  an  fstab-compatible  comma-separated
              string.  For example:

                     swapon -o pri=1,discard=pages,nofail /dev/sda2

              The  opts  string  is  evaluated  last  and  overrides all other

       -p, --priority priority
              Specify the priority of the swap device.  priority  is  a  value
              between  -1 and 32767.  Higher numbers indicate higher priority.
              See swapon(2) for a full description of  swap  priorities.   Add
              pri=value  to the option field of /etc/fstab for use with swapon
              -a.  When no priority is defined, it defaults to -1.

       -s, --summary
              Display swap  usage  summary  by  device.   Equivalent  to  "cat
              /proc/swaps".   Not  available before Linux 2.1.25.  This output
              format is DEPRECATED in favour of --show  that  provides  better
              control on output data.

              Display  a definable table of swap areas.  See the --help output
              for a list of available columns.

              Do not print headings when displaying --show output.

       --raw  Display --show output without aligning table columns.

              Display swap size in bytes in --show output instead of in  user-
              friendly units.

       -U uuid
              Use the partition that has the specified uuid.

       -v, --verbose
              Be verbose.

       -V, --version
              Display version information and exit.

       You  should  not  use swapon on a file with holes.  This can be seen in
       the system log as

              swapon: swapfile has holes.

       The swap file implementation in the kernel expects to be able to  write
       to  the  file directly, without the assistance of the filesystem.  This
       is a problem on preallocated files (e.g.  fallocate(1)) on  filesystems
       like XFS or ext4, and on copy-on-write filesystems like btrfs.

       It  is recommended to use dd(1) and /dev/zero to avoid holes on XFS and

       swapon may not work correctly when using a swap file with some versions
       of  btrfs.   This is due to btrfs being a copy-on-write filesystem: the
       file location may not be  static  and  corruption  can  result.   Btrfs
       actively disallows the use of swap files on its filesystems by refusing
       to map the file.

       One possible workaround is to map the swap file to a  loopback  device.
       This  will  allow  the filesystem to determine the mapping properly but
       may come with a performance impact.

       Swap over NFS may not work.

       swapon automatically detects and rewrites a swap space  signature  with
       old  software suspend data (e.g S1SUSPEND, S2SUSPEND, ...). The problem
       is that if we don't do it, then we get data corruption the next time an
       attempt at unsuspending is made.

              enables libmount debug output.

              enables libblkid debug output.

       swapon(2), swapoff(2), fstab(5), init(8), mkswap(8), rc(8), mount(8)

       /dev/sd??  standard paging devices
       /etc/fstab ascii filesystem description table

       The swapon command appeared in 4.0BSD.

       The  swapon  command is part of the util-linux package and is available
       from ftp://ftp.kernel.org/pub/linux/utils/util-linux/.

util-linux                       October 2014                        SWAPON(8)
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