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Posted by mtrc, 02-12-2008, 03:42 AM
I hosted users files on a xfs partition. I use SATA II disks, and sometimes load is increased when ftp activity is intensive. Drive where users files are hosted returns values like hdparm -Tt /dev/sdb /dev/sdb: Timing cached reads: 5050 MB in 2.00 seconds = 2528.72 MB/sec Timing buffered disk reads: 4 MB in 3.30 seconds = 1.21 MB/sec I noticed a load increase specially when I delete a directory with many small files. Anyone knows some ways to optimyze a xfs partition?

Posted by uptimearchive, 02-12-2008, 06:30 PM
How much work was the server doing at the time you ran hdparm and got 1.21MB/sec? thats a pretty low number, hdparm really has nothing to do with xfs,ext3 etc... it is not looking at the filesystem.... that is showing you a performance issue before the filesystem layer... which i guess could mean filesystem activity is the cause, but that takes me back to, how much is the server doing right now. iostat -d 1 -k , what kind of activity do you see on the block device. Is SDB a single drive or a raid array? is it possible the raid array is broken. how large is the xfs partition?

Posted by mtrc, 02-13-2008, 04:52 AM
Thanks for repply! I had initially ext3 but I reached the 32k sublevel directories limit and I was forced to migrate data to xfs as ext4 is under development. Now, with just 30k dirs, xfs performs not as good as ext3. I didn't had this issue with ext3. Drive is secondary not raid, 500GB in size, with one partition. I know hdparm has nothing to do with this, it just measure the performance. When http/ftp are stopped Timing buffered disk reads shows up to 80MB/sec. Usually it is 20-30 and sometimes near 1MB/s. I repeat, I have these problems after I migrated to xfs even with few thousands of directories less. With ext3 I had constantly 50-60MB/sec.

Posted by bitserve, 02-13-2008, 11:52 PM
Unfortunately xfs is slow when deleting files. Can you switch back to ext3 and spread your files over multiple directories?

Posted by mtrc, 02-14-2008, 02:22 AM
Hmm, I prefer to wait until ext4 will be mature. Fedora 9 developers working on it and will be realeasead in about 3 months.

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