Section: systemd.swap (5)
A unit configuration file whose name ends in ".swap" encodes information about a swap device or file for memory paging controlled and supervised by systemd.
This man page lists the configuration options specific to this unit type. See (5) for the common options of all unit configuration files. The common configuration items are configured in the generic [Unit] and [Install] sections. The swap specific configuration options are configured in the [Swap] section.
Additional options are listed in (5), which define the execution environment the swapon?(8) binary is executed in, and in (5), which define the way the processes are terminated, and in (5), which configure resource control settings for the processes of the service.
Swap units must be named after the devices or files they control. Example: the swap device /dev/sda5 must be configured in a unit file dev-sda5.swap. For details about the escaping logic used to convert a file system path to a unit name, see (5).
All swap units automatically get the appropriate dependencies on the devices or on the mount points of the files they are activated from.
Swap units may either be configured via unit files, or via /etc/fstab (see fstab?(5) for details). Swaps listed in /etc/fstab will be converted into native units dynamically at boot and when the configuration of the system manager is reloaded. See systemd-fstab-generator?(8) for details about the conversion.
If a swap device or file is configured in both /etc/fstab and a unit file, the configuration in the latter takes precedence.
Swap files must include a [Swap] section, which carries information about the swap device it supervises. A number of options that may be used in this section are shared with other unit types. These options are documented in (5) and (5). The options specific to the [Swap] section of swap units are the following:
- Takes an absolute path of a device node or file to use for paging. See swapon?(8) for details. If this refers to a device node, a dependency on the respective device unit is automatically created. (See (5) for more information.) If this refers to a file, a dependency on the respective mount unit is automatically created. (See (5) for more information.) This option is mandatory.
- Swap priority to use when activating the swap device or file. This takes an integer. This setting is optional.
- May contain an option string for the swap device. This may be used for controlling discard options among other functionality, if the swap backing device supports the discard or trim operation. (See swapon?(8) for more information.)
- Configures the time to wait for the swapon command to finish. If a command does not exit within the configured time, the swap will be considered failed and be shut down again. All commands still running will be terminated forcibly via SIGTERM, and after another delay of this time with SIGKILL. (See KillMode= in (5).) Takes a unit-less value in seconds, or a time span value such as "5min 20s". Pass 0 to disable the timeout logic. Defaults to TimeoutStartSec= from the manager configuration file.