I could not find any information on this anywhere (and I don't want to set up a new 17.04 installation just for that), what is the default location of the swap file in 17.04?

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    The default location seems to be /swapfile. I am not sure what you mean by "...recreate ... after upgrade...". It would use the inherited swap partition happily. Apr 14, 2017 at 9:25
  • @mikewhatever I meant how I can switch from using a swap partition to 17.04's default setup in that regard. But I see that I probably should not have combined two questions into one.
    – phk
    Apr 14, 2017 at 9:29
  • The answer is about finding, removing and creating swap in 17.04. You can follow any 16.04 method of re-creating the partition.
    – Rinzwind
    Apr 14, 2017 at 9:33

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2 commands:

~$ cat /proc/swaps
Filename                Type        Size    Used    Priority
/swapfile                               file        2097148 0   -1


$ grep swap /etc/fstab
/swapfile                                 none            swap    sw              0       0

So both point to:

$ cd / && ls -l swapfile
-rw------- 1 root root 2147483648 apr  2 18:56 swapfile

Disable and remove:

sudo swapoff /swapfile
sudo rm /swapfile

Create a 2Gb swapfile, set permissions, format it as swap and enable it:

sudo fallocate -l 2g /swapfile
sudo chmod 600 /swapfile
sudo mkswap /swapfile
sudo swapon /swapfile
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    Thank you, this is pretty much what I was looking for. Also thank you for the commands on how to somewhat recreate 17.04's state. I read somewhere that the size dynamic but I guess this only refers to install-time, right?
    – phk
    Apr 14, 2017 at 9:34
  • yes. it does. Did not examine the effect on hibernation (but I would assume the file gets larger the more it needs).
    – Rinzwind
    Apr 14, 2017 at 9:35
  • I tried to test the commands in the last part you mentioned (which are also mentioned at help.ubuntu.com/community/SwapFaq#How_do_I_add_a_swap_file.3F) but I'm getting swapon: /swapfile: swapon failed: Invalid argument for the last command. I guess I might have to disable the swap partition first but I can't ATM because swapoff: /dev/sdd8: swapoff failed: Cannot allocate memory… guess, I have to free some memory.
    – phk
    Apr 14, 2017 at 9:40
  • hmmm how about using this from the live session?
    – Rinzwind
    Apr 14, 2017 at 9:40
  • Figured out that the problem had to do with / being btrfs, I missed that the FAQ mentions this fact.
    – phk
    Apr 14, 2017 at 10:14

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