Subject: Re: Really bad performance when doing newfs
To: Andy Ruhl <>
From: Jeff Rizzo <>
List: netbsd-users
Date: 02/02/2006 20:59:32
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Andy Ruhl wrote:
> Hello all.
> I searched on this a little but didn't find much.
> I'm trying to newfs a 300 gig Seagate ATA100 disk with default
> settings. it's all formatted as 1 partition. The machine is 2.0.2 (3.0
> soon) i386 dual CPU Celeron 500. The disk controller is a Maxtor
> (Promise) ATA133 PCI card with 4 disks on it. The 300 gig disk is
> doing nothing else, and it's even on the channel that doesn't get much
> use.
> I/O for the machine was really bad, my web server on it was crawling.
> I stopped the newfs after 6 hours and it hadn't finished.
> Any suggestions other than taking it out and putting it in my amd64
> 3.0 machine and formatting it there? It seems like it shouldn't take
> that long, but I really don't know what to expect.
> Thanks!
> Andy
>  =20

What newfs command line did you use?  Were you using the block device
instead of the raw, by any chance?

You could also newfs it as UFS2;  it goes faster.  Though, I certainly
wouldn't expect a 6 hour newfs.


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