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Re: [linux-lvm] snapshots of busy ext2 file system corrupt



On Feb 26, 2002  15:58 -0500, Chris Mason wrote:
> On Tuesday, February 26, 2002 08:28:40 PM +0100
> Urs Thuermann <urs isnogud escape de> wrote:
> > Chris Mason <mason suse com> writes:
> >> For ext2, the best we could do would probably be a hack based on 
> >> locking the super.  As far as I know, nobody is planning on this,

It probably wouldn't be hard to do, just create a function
"ext2_write_super_lockfs()" which is a call to lock an ext2-specific
superblock semaphore and "ext2_unlockfs()" which is a call to
unlock the same semaphore.  You would then change all instances of
"lock_super()" in the ext2 code to be ext2_lock_super() which will
lock this semaphore in addition to the normal lock_super() call.

You can't just call lock_super() directly, because the write_super_lockfs()
call itself calls this, and you would instantly deadlock.

> > Some performance tests I made with ext2, ext3, and reiserfs convinced
> > me to stay with ext2.  ext3 was significantly slower than ext2 on some
> > operations (and reiserfs even worse than that).
> 
> You trade speed for safety sometimes, but you can lower the performance
> hit by mounting ext3 with -o data=writeback, and help both filesystems
> by playing with bdflush values (increment the metadata timeout up from 5
> seconds).

Well, in many cases, data=ordered is actually faster than data=writeback
because you get all of your journal I/O finished before you start writing
to the FS.  In some cases (e.g. mail spool, NFS) it is faster to have
data=journal for the same reason (because sync I/O is very fast when it
is written to the journal).

Cheers, Andreas
--
Andreas Dilger
http://sourceforge.net/projects/ext2resize/
http://www-mddsp.enel.ucalgary.ca/People/adilger/




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