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Increase swap file size on cPanel WHM

Generally, you would want to have a dedicated partition for swap however, a swap file can also be used. You can follow the steps below to create/increase your swap file on a cPanel server. Please note, you must have root access to perform this action. If you’re unsure if you need to do this, please either consult our support department (if you’re a VeeroTech customer) or your server administrator before performing these steps.

Creating the swap file via ssh:

touch /swapfile

Create a 2GB swap file using the command below:

dd if=/dev/zero of=/swapfile bs=1M count=2048

Make the swap

mkswap /swapfile

Activate the swap file:

swapon /swapfile

Add an entry to the fstab to mount the swap file on boot:

nano /etc/fstab

Once inside of the editor for the fstab, enter the line below at the end of the file:

/swapfile swap swap defaults 0 0

Now, save/close the fstab file & reboot your server. Once rebooted, you should now see the new swap size.

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