Definition of swapfile in English:



  • A file on a hard disk used to provide space for programs which have been transferred from the processor's memory.

    • ‘The Linux filesystem also supports sparse files, so swapfiles only consume the amount of disk space needed by their non-zero data.’
    • ‘Perhaps it is because the swapfile hardly gets used and I get 200Mb free memory reports from the performance monitor.’
    • ‘Now I know better and would gladly have more partitions for either its own swapfile or as just data for my new A / V digital 8 camcorder.’
    • ‘The pagefile (swapfile) is typically stored on the first primary partition, and if your Windows crashes, it's writes a log to the disk.’