Originally Posted by zoomy942
... i didnt set a drive as a swap drive since i have 3GB of ram. think that'll be okay?
The kernel needs a little swap space.
Try 100MB(it actually uses less but that is a good number). The only other time swap is used depends on how much you have running at once or if some errant program has a memory leak. A memory leak w/o a large swap will quickly stall the system but in almost ten years, I only experienced that once. Even then, not a memory leak precisely.
You can use a "swapfile" and not set a drive(partition) for swap so there is no need to (re)partition space to accommodate a swap.
This will create swapfile of ~ 100 MB on the root (/) partition
dd if=/dev/zero of=/swapfile bs=1024 count=100000
Then this formats it as swap
Then you need to turn it on
Other locations(other than /) are okay. Best location is on a separate physical drive, if you have a second physical
You will want to set it to activate at every boot. I'll leave that for you to determine how to do it(you did say "its amazing how much i have learned"). It's not hard ...
be careful with dd
command. It is very powerful.