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Linux Swap vs Scratch Partition

I'm having a hard time understanding the diference between a swap and scratch partition how are they different if a scratch partation is set to parsistent isn't this just a swap file??
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
I've heard the terms swap and scratch partition to be interchangable, which is faster than using a swap file.
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compdigit44Author Commented:
so a scratch partitoin is a glofied swap file???? Then why done regular Linux installed use a scratch partation instead of a swap there has to be some difference
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coolsport00Commented:
Here are a couple good articles that may help you understand the difference:
http://blogs.vmware.com/esxi/2011/03/ops-changes-part-5-scratch-partition.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scratch_space
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paging

You may have seen them already. I would agree that, it seems, a scratch is really the same thing as a swap...

~coolsport00
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
partition file is quicker read than a file, due to fragmentation of the file.
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