… set the minimum swapfile size …
dynamic_pager(8) Mac OS X Manual Page
With Terminal, a one-off command to convert a property list to a format that will be easily editable:
sudo plutil -convert xml1 com.apple.dynamic_pager.plist
Then if you're happy to edit with nano:
sudo nano /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.dynamic_pager.plist
-S to set a size in bytes, then save that property list and either:
- simply, safely, restart the Mac; or
- unload then load the daemon – but that may be risky (and I suspect that only a restart of the Mac will reap the potential benefits).
That's a single size for all files, and any use of option
-S will cause
dynamic_pager to not use variable sized paging files:
- we can not simply set a minimum – alone – amongst that set of variables.
… I want default allocate minimum 4GB …
Based on my tests with Mountain Lion, you might find that
dynamic_pager will quietly fail to begin with a file that is so large.
Proceed with caution – pay attention to the actual size of
swapfile0 and if it is zero bytes, then beware of inexplicable reductions to free space on the volume where the files are expected.
… at releasing will never release under 4GB size. …
If there are more than low-water-trigger bytes free in the external paging files, the kernel will coalese in-use pages and signal dynamic_pager to discard an external paging file. Low-water-trigger must be greater than high-water-trigger + filesize.