Subject: Re: Really bad performance when doing newfs
To: Andy Ruhl <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Jeff Rizzo <riz@NetBSD.org>
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
> 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.
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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