While I do absolutely adore Arch Linux, it wouldn’t be Arch without running an upgrade and having a problem crop up out of no where.
This time around, the issue showed up after a reboot when I saw the following error scroll past before I was presented with the GNOME login screen:
swapon: swapfile has holes
Holes? Like the critically acclaimed kids drama starring America’s sweetheart Shia LaBeouf?
Turns out whatever had recently been updated had decided that a
was created with
fallocate was deemed unsuitable for use and thus, has
So what’s the fix? Easy enough, you just need to re-create your
dd instead of
# Turn off and remove your existing swapfile: swapoff /swapfile rm /swapfile # Make a new swapfile with dd (adjust the count to fit your needs): dd if=/dev/zero of=/swapfile bs=1M count=32768 status=progress # Set the right permissions and make it so: chmod 600 /swapfile mkswap /swapfile swapon /swapfile
Note: Those commands aren’t Arch specific, they should work on other Linux distributions as well.
Assuming everything is already setup in your
fstab from your hole-filled
swapfile and you used the same name and location, you should be off to the
To double check things, you can run
swapon --show which should show your
If you happen to use your
swapfile for hibernation the way I do, you will need
to tweak a few additional things to get the new offset value for your
swapfile. Fortunately, I’ve already outlined these steps in