Should my Macbook Air be using this much swap?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Nosrettap, Sep 17, 2012.

  1. Nosrettap macrumors member

    Dec 22, 2010
    I was recently using my 2012 MacBook Air and I noticed this strange anomaly:


    As you can see, my computer has used an extremely high amount of swap; however, there is plenty of free memory.

    The story behind this photo is: I went to check my mail (Apple Mail program) and I noticed a sever slow down. The only other programs that I had open at the time were Safari and Notes, however I wasn't doing anything intense with either of them.

    Should this be happening? Why is my computer swapping so much memory when there is so much free memory left? Thanks
  2. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    How long ago did you restart? And even though you might have enough free RAM, often a small SWAP file is created nonetheless (64 or 128 MB).
  3. Nosrettap thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 22, 2010
    I restarted probably between 1 to 2 days ago.

    And yes, a small SWAP file may be created; however, 1 GB is hardly trivial.
  4. gnasher729 macrumors P6


    Nov 25, 2005
    Your computer isn't swapping anything at all. Look at "Page ins" and "Page outs", that's what it is actually swapping.

    Mail can slow down for the simple reason that the mail server at your ISP is slow.

    1 GB _is_ trivial.
  5. Nosrettap thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 22, 2010
    So is swap just Page Ins + Page Outs? If not, what is the difference between page out and swap? I always though that swap was what you should look at to see if your computer has enough RAM
  6. tiwizard macrumors regular

    Jul 12, 2010
    I'm not 100% sure, but according to the wording on the Apple Support Document, this is the *amount* written to swap, not the current usage.

    (See bottom of the article)
  7. Mrbobb macrumors 601

    Aug 27, 2012

    OS and apps have the nasty habit of "hogging" as much memory as they can possibly used. Swap file size seems to increase proportionally to the machine's available physical ram, regardless of what you are actually doing. There maybe a manual way for u to specify the swap file size if that really bothers u.

    But ur current slow down was a coincidence.

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