This monitor checks the amount of available swap space. If you receive an alert from this monitor, action may be required in order to bring the system back to an operational state.
An unhealthy state indicates that the swap space utilization is currently high. Circumstances that may cause this condition:
Processes using excessive physical memory resources.
Writing to a temp filesystem.
Too many applications are running simultaneously on the computer.
An application may be leaking memory over time.
Close or stop one or more applications, daemons, or processes. Run the "top" command or run the "Top 10 CPU Processes" task from the State View, which will provide a list of processes ordered by CPU usage. By default, the listi will only display the top CPU consuming processes and their corresponding PID (Process ID). Utilizing the output from the "top" command, identify any offending or unnecessary processes along with its PID number. Issue a "kill" command utilizing the PID for the process. For example, if the PID number for the process is 4510, then issue the command 'kill 4510'.
Add additional swap space. Using "mkfile", create a file for local swap area. To create a 1GB swap file, type 'dd if=/dev/zero of=/swapfile bs=1k count=1048576'. To make it a swap file, type 'mkswap /swapfile'. To activate the swap file, type 'swapon /swapfile'. You should run the "free" command to see all available swap space.
Add additional physical memory to the computer.
You can view available memory by running the "Memory Info" task from the State View.
VMStat provides detailed memory statistics averaged since the last reboot. You can run the VMStat task from the State View.