I support the logic in this bug.
Personally, I prefer swap files rather than partitions in that it gives me more flexibility with the size and location of my swap space.
When I do not create a swap partition at installation time, the installer warns that I have not specified a swap partition, and questions whether I would like to go back and create one.
I suggest that this process is enhanced, such that if no swap partition is detected, first ask the user if a swap file should to be created. After the partitioning and formatting, dd some /dev/zero to a file, mkswap, swapon, and buffer a configuration line to be added to /etc/fstab
Is this doable for Intrepid?