Has it ever happened to you that you are lacking “just 4 more gigs of RAM” for running a memory-hungry process? You can add more swapspace without rebooting or changing volume size.
fallocate -l 4G /tmp/swap.tmp mkswap /tmp/swap.tmp sudo swapon /tmp/swap.tmp
and then remove when it is no longer needed:
sudo swapoff /tmp/swap.tmp rm /tmp/swap.tmp
Using dd is a more classical way of allocating a file, but fallocate is just way, way faster (on my laptop it was 2 minutes versus 0.006 seconds).