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Here is a basic howto guide on setting up and managing a swap file. I am using Ubuntu 12.04 but I am sure it applies to other versions and linux distros. I recently had to figure out how to increase the size of an existing swap file so I thought I would throw together a guide(see section below "Create Swap file` if you need to do this). A swap file(called a page file in Windows) is a way to increase memory/RAM capacity without upgrading hardware (virtual memory). It is simply a file on your hard drive. When your physical hardware sticks of RAM get full, the system will copy over to the swap file to avoid a crash or lose ...