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Re: xfs performance problem

To: Stan Hoeppner <stan@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: xfs performance problem
From: Benjamin Schindler <bschindler@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 27 Apr 2011 01:59:41 +0200
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I thought I would do a real measurement to have some numbers.
On my raid-1 ext3, extracting a kernel archive:

benjamin@metis ~/software $ time tar xfj

real    0m21.769s
user    0m13.905s
sys     0m1.751s

On my root xfs

root@metis ~ $ time tar xfj /usr/portage/distfiles/linux-2.6.38.tar.bz2

real    2m20.522s
user    0m16.051s
sys     0m3.147s

This is of course with delaylog enabled. I don't think a difference  of
a factor 7 is normal, given that writing to a raid-0 (xfs numbers) is
supposed to be faster than writing to raid-1 (ext3 numbers)


On 27.04.2011 00:12, Stan Hoeppner wrote:
> Benjamin Schindler put forth on 4/26/2011 2:44 PM:
>> Hi
>> Since upgrading to newer kernels I have serious problems with xfs
>> performance on my root fs.
>> It runs on a software raid 0 with 2 disks. On the same two disks, there
>> are two more partitions running a software raid-1 with ext3. On the ext3
>> system, I have no issue, so I assume the drives are fine.
>> But on the xfs filesystem, extracting a linux kernel archive takes 5
>> minutes or more, running ldconfig similarily long. The harddrives are
>> sata-2.
>> I'm running gentoo linux with kernel 2.6.38-gentoo-r1. I'm attaching the
>> kernel config but I guess more info is needed - just let me know what is
>> needed.
> The kernel config isn't the problem.  You haven't enabled the delayed
> logging feature.  Add 'delaylog' to your fstab mount options for XFS
> devices, remount (or reboot if necessary) and it should decrease the run
> time of kernel tar extractions between 10x and 100x.
> Also, slap yourself in the forehead at least 3 times for running your
> root filesystem on RAID 0.  That's akin to riding a motorcycle, naked,
> in a blizzard, down a steep, winding, ice covered mountain road with no
> guard rails and a 3000 ft drop. ;)

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