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Re: block sizes > 4K ?? possible w/large page support?

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Subject: Re: block sizes > 4K ?? possible w/large page support?
From: Carlos Maiolino <cmaiolino@xxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 11 Jun 2012 10:29:32 -0300
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Hi,

> Is this something being thought about??
> 
> More than one of my hard disks:
> 
> /boot:                 130 files in     103112 4K blocks:    793.6 blks/file
> /tmp:                 1401 files in     746715 4K blocks:    533.4 blks/file
> /var/cache:           1438 files in      87858 4K blocks:     61.5 blks/file
> /backups:              713 files in 2523985177 4K blocks: 3539951.6 blks/file
> /var:                 9038 files in     746715 4K blocks:     83.1 blks/file
> /var/cache/squid:      570 files in      90031 4K blocks:    158.4 blks/file
> /Media:              51893 files in 1691400956 4K blocks:  32594.5 blks/file
> /:                   37312 files in     506778 4K blocks:     14.0 blks/file
> /usr/share:         320805 files in  195425485 4K blocks:    609.6 blks/file
> /backups/Media:      50544 files in 1642550112 4K blocks:  32497.9 blks/file
> /usr:               116650 files in    1389380 4K blocks:     12.4 blks/file
> /Share:            1617995 files in  305269701 4K blocks:    189.1 blks/file
> /home:             5822174 files in  195412389 4K blocks:     34.0 blks/file
> 
> All but 2 could benefit from a 16K block size, and 3 of them could benefit
> from a 128K block size.  Wouldn't that benefit in  in freeing up some space
> both on disk and in memory?  Just a thought.

The maximum block size of a XFS filesystem is 64kiB. But in linux it's limited
to the PAGE_SIZE value. so, on x86 architectures, the maximum block size is
4kiB.
although it could benefit from a 16kiB page size, you'll need to be running an
operating system which supports this page size value.

-- 
--Carlos

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