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How to empty swap

Public feed posted on Wed, 18 Jan 2012 by Alex

>Bad applications does Bad stuff with you Memory

Today my Skype decide to flood my Memory. Lucky i notified this on the right time and was able to run killall -9 skype command. 

But what left is a overfileld Memory and swap. For the Memory itself no problem, the kernel will empty it by demand. But for my older hard drive takes ages to get it back. So the best is it to empty it. The best way to do it: swapoff/swapon. 

swapoff /dev/sdb5

This take now a while but it will do the job.

When it’s done re-enable it with 

swapon /dev/sdb5

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