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Re: Pid: 8345, comm: rsync Not tainted #1

To: Stefan Priebe - Profihost AG <s.priebe@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: Pid: 8345, comm: rsync Not tainted #1
From: Emmanuel Florac <eflorac@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 26 Oct 2010 13:25:05 +0200
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Le Tue, 26 Oct 2010 13:03:07 +0200
Stefan Priebe - Profihost AG <s.priebe@xxxxxxxxxxxx> écrivait:

> it is a 9650SE-8LPML with Firmware: FE9X

Augh, this firmware is antique :) The latest is 4.10.xx.xx. Anyway,
don't use firmware before 3.08.xx.xx, there were some nasty bugs.

> So you mean i should upgrade to 4.x Firmware? 

Definitely. It will much improve performances, too. Simply download the
firmware file, extract it, and flash the controller with tw_cli :

tw_cli /cXX update fw=prom0006.img 

(the firmware is always in the prom00xx.img file).

> Do i then have to do a 
> filesystem repair? Or just wait if the error accours again?

No, the filesystem will be fine. However you should start a RAID scrub

tw_cli /cXX/uXX start verify

This will rebuild the parity with the new 4.X format (faster writes)
and help detect any hardware fault.

My other advices : generally don't use cfq scheduler with a RAID
controller, it will defeat the whole purpose of RAID cache and command
reordering abilities. Use noop, generally, and deepen the queue :

echo "noop" > /sys/block/sdc/queue/scheduler
echo 512 > /sys/block/sdc/queue/nr_requests

Don't hesitate to enlarge tremendously the read-ahead cache, too. I
generally use about 512 to 1024 sectors  per drive as a rule of the
thumb, so a 4 drives array will use 2048 to 4096 :

blockdev --setra 4096 /dev/sdc

You should see a 100% write/read speed improvement with these

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