Subject: Re: install/31297
To: Christos Zoulas <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Peter <email@example.com>
Date: 09/12/2005 04:45:55
On Sun, 11 Sep 2005, Christos Zoulas wrote:
> On Sep 12, 12:52am, firstname.lastname@example.org (email@example.com) wrote:
> -- Subject: Re: install/31297
> | Synopsis: mounting volumes with -o async speeds up file write operations 500% (5 times)
> | State-Changed-From-To: open->feedback
> | State-Changed-By: firstname.lastname@example.org
> | State-Changed-When: Mon, 12 Sep 2005 00:52:06 +0000
> | State-Changed-Why:
> | Mouting file systems with the async is evil and very dangerous.
> | >From the mount(8) man page:
> | async All I/O to the file system should be done asyn-
> | chronously. In the event of a crash, it is
> | impossible for the system to verify the integrity of
> | data on a file system mounted with this option. You
> | should only use this option if you have an applica-
> | tion-specific data recovery mechanism, or are willing
> | to recreate the file system from scratch.
> | I think this PR should be closed.
> Maybe not for installation... Or at least we should investigate enabling
> softdeps and seeing if that improves performance.
I tried softdeps, with no significant change in time. async dropped the
time 5 times. I do not think that there is a problem with an aborted
installation. An aborted installation will probably be bad in many ways.
My discovery came when I saw the disk trash a lot while restoring a
complete system from tape. I thought that the speed was not reasonable
and I tried to improve it.
Also using async in single user mode while plugged into an UPS does not
look dangerous to me.