On 04.01.2015 21:52, Stan Hoeppner wrote:
> On 01/04/2015 06:56 PM, Hillel Lubman wrote:
> > Looking around I saw some references that it's preferable to use sector
> > size (sectsz) of 4 KB when creating XFS partitions on hybrid (512e)
> > advanced format hard drives and also some mentions of making that a
> > default in mkfs.xfs. However I noticed that my current mkfs.xfs (3.2.1)
> > used with current Debian testing (Linux 3.16.0) still uses 512 B sectors
> > by default.
> > Can you please clarify what after all is the recommended sector size for
> > such drives and why isn't it a default in mkfs.xfs (since supposedly
> > defaults are generally recommended optimal settings unless you have some
> > special use case).
> XFS sectsz is unimportant with these drives. What matters is that any
> partitions you create start and end on 4KB boundaries. This will
> prevent adjacent hardware sector RMW internal to the drive. XFS writes
> in 4KB filesystem blocks on Linux. As long as the fsblocks are aligned
> to the 4KB hardware sectors there's nothing more you can do to avoid
> performance penalties with these drives.
Not in my experience. My first (and lying about it) AF HDD had horrible
write performance until i re'mkfs.xfs'ed it with 4k sector-size. And yes
the aligned was 4k.
But that was many years ago and i don't know if newer XFS (IIRC that was
before delay-log) would behave better. But as all of my storage after
the first AF HDD was either an AF HDD or a SSD i have been formating
everything with 4k sector-size for years.