Swap should take place on the Instance Storage (ephemeral) disk and not an EBS device. Swapping will cause a lot of IO and will increase cost on EBS. EBS is also slower than the Instance Store.

It will usually be mounted to /mnt but if not run

To then create a swap file on this device do the following for a 4GB swapfile

sudo dd if=/dev/zero of=/mnt/swapfile bs=1M count=4096

Make sure no other user can view the swap file

sudo chown root:root /mnt/swapfile
sudo chmod 600 /mnt/swapfile

Make and Flag as swap

sudo mkswap /mnt/swapfile
sudo swapon /mnt/swapfile

Add/Make sure the following are in your /etc/fstab

/mnt/swapfile swap swap defaults 0 0

lastly enable swap

sudo swapon -a

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  1. swap should take place on the Instance Storage (ephemeral) disk and not an EBS device. Swapping will cause a lot of IO and will increase cost on EBS. EBS is also slower than the Instance Store.

    It will usually be mounted to /mnt but if not run

    To then create a swap file on this device do the following for a 4GB swapfile

    sudo dd if=/dev/zero of=/mnt/swapfile bs=1M count=4096

    Make sure no other user can view the swap file

    sudo chown root:root /mnt/swapfile
    sudo chmod 600 /mnt/swapfile

    Make and Flag as swap

    sudo mkswap /mnt/swapfile
    sudo swapon /mnt/swapfile

    Add/Make sure the following are in your /etc/fstab

    /mnt/swapfile swap swap defaults 0 0

    lastly enable swap

    sudo swapon -a

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