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mkfs.xfs: cannot (re)set log sunit=0

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Subject: mkfs.xfs: cannot (re)set log sunit=0
From: "Mario 'BitKoenig' Holbe" <Mario.Holbe@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 26 Jul 2010 12:12:39 +0200
Mail-followup-to: Mario 'BitKoenig' Holbe <Mario.Holbe@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>, xfs@xxxxxxxxxxx
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I intend to set up a XFS filesystem on a RAID0 (Linux md) with 512k
Chunk Size. Since I cannot align the log section sunit to 512k, and
since the filesystem will have not much write activity anyways (in fact,
it'll be mounted read-only most of the time), I tried not to align the
log section sunit at all via -l sunit=0, but this does not appear to

# truncate -s 1G /tmp/foo{0,1}
# losetup /dev/loop0 /tmp/foo0; losetup /dev/loop1 /tmp/foo1
# mdadm -C -l raid0 -n 2 /dev/md9 /dev/loop[01]
# mkfs.xfs -l sunit=0 /dev/md9
log stripe unit (524288 bytes) is too large (maximum is 256KiB)
log stripe unit adjusted to 32KiB
meta-data=/dev/md9               isize=256    agcount=8, agsize=65408 blks
         =                       sectsz=512   attr=2
data     =                       bsize=4096   blocks=523264, imaxpct=25
         =                       sunit=128    swidth=256 blks
naming   =version 2              bsize=4096   ascii-ci=0
log      =internal log           bsize=4096   blocks=2560, version=2
         =                       sectsz=512   sunit=8 blks, lazy-count=1
realtime =none                   extsz=4096   blocks=0, rtextents=0

Is this a bug or a feature?

The minimum I was able to limit the log sunit to was -l sunit=8, i.e. 1
block. Is there a difference between sunit=0 and sunit=1 in practice or
are single log entries aligned to blocks anyways?

Since the filesystem is mostly read-only, I was also thinking about
reducing the size of the log section. The planned filesystem will be
5.5T or bigger, which results in 2G log section per default. I thought
about limiting it to 128M or 64M. There will be no concurrent write
activity on the fs. Together with the zero-alignment, what do you think
about that?

PS: I'm not on this list, please CC: me in replies. My Mail-Followup-To:
header should take care of that.

Thanks for your help & regards
File names are infinite in length where infinity is set to 255 characters.
                                -- Peter Collinson, "The Unix File System"

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