Subject: Re: tar makes my disks crawl.
To: Nigel Reed <>
From: Tomasz Luchowski <>
List: current-users
Date: 06/23/2001 10:05:00
On Fri, Jun 22, 2001 at 07:56:34PM -0500, Nigel Reed wrote:
> Another thing I've just noticed is that I'm getting dire disk performance
> while using tar. Again, 1.5W kernel/userland on i386 platform.
> tar cvf /dev/st0 .
> Typing ls -l just hands me solid for about 15 seconds before it
> displays the list.

I have seen exactly the same behaviour on 1.5.1_BETA2 (snapshot from arch/i386) !
It went fine with about first 800MB of tar file (I was doing tar xfvp), but was *incredible*
slow later -- even mpg123 running in the background could not read mp3s well. (The disk is 7200rpm..)
It's first time I've seen that weird behaviour, though. Maybe my wd0 is broken?

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