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Re: xfs_growfs / planned resize / performance impact

To: Stefan Priebe <s.priebe@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: xfs_growfs / planned resize / performance impact
From: Dave Chinner <david@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 6 Aug 2012 06:57:28 +1000
Cc: "xfs@xxxxxxxxxxx" <xfs@xxxxxxxxxxx>
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On Sun, Aug 05, 2012 at 07:46:33AM +0200, Stefan Priebe wrote:
> Am 05.08.2012 um 00:43 schrieb Dave Chinner <david@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>:
> 
> > On Tue, Jul 31, 2012 at 03:56:54PM +0200, Stefan Priebe - Profihost AG 
> > wrote:
> >> Hello list,
> >> 
> >> i'm planning to create a couple of VMs with just 30GB of space while
> >> using xfs as the main filesystem.
> >> 
> >> Now i alreay know that some of the VMs will grow up to 250GB while
> >> resizing the block device and using xfs_growfs.
> > 
> > Just use thin provisioning and make it 250GB to begin with. Thin
> > provisioning mades filsystem grow/shrink pretty much redundant....
> 
> But dm thin isn't stable isn't it?

AFAIK, It's mostly stable.

> Does xfs reallocate used parts of the block
> Device before using new parts?

Sometimes. Depends on workload, locality of reference,  patterns of
freeing and allocation, etc.

> Otherwise deleting and recreating files will result in full used space pretty 
> fast.

fstrim. dm-thinp supports discard commands just fine.

Cheers,

Dave.
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Dave Chinner
david@xxxxxxxxxxxxx

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