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Re: Slow fsck on adaptec SAS/SATA raid



>>> On Wed, 20 Jan 2010 12:30:35 -0500, Doug Warner
>>> <doug warner fm> said:

doug> I'm trying to do an fsck on an ext3 partition but I'm
doug> seeing abysmally slow disk throughput; monitoring with
doug> "dstat" (like vmstat) shows ~1200-1500KB/s throughput to
doug> the disks.

That seems pretty good to me.

Perhaps the impression of slowness is motivated by insufficient
understanding of how 'fsck' works and the IOP limitations of
small rotating mass storage arrays.

doug> Even with 24hrs of fsck-ing I only get ~3% (still in
doug> pass1).

That's pretty good too.

doug> The filesystem is ext3 running "e2fsck -C0 /dev/sda3" and
doug> about 3.7TB on an x86_64-based system with 4GB RAM.
doug> e2fsprogs is 1.41.9.

There have been reports of a 1.5TB 'ext3' filesystem taking over
a month:

  http://www.sabi.co.uk/blog/anno05-4th.html#051009

even if in optimal cases it can be better:

  http://www.sabi.co.uk/blog/0802feb.html#080210

doug> Just a rough extrapolation of the size of my filesystem
doug> (3.4TB used; ~95%) makes it look like this will take ~28
doug> days to complete. I'm using approx 12M inodes out of my
doug> 243M available.

That sounds about right for lots of small files (~280KB average)
in a very large number of directories (or in directories that
are really very long), and which is 95% used.

You have designed that filesystem that way, and it is performing
as expected or better.

People who use filesystems as databases deserve whatn they get.


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