> > On Fri, 2 Jun 2000, Bruce Momjian wrote:
> > > > > Most think that raw devices are a pain and offer little performance
> > > > > improvement and lots of portability and coding problems.
> > > >
> > > > I don't know how much it is a performance improvement (someone say
> > 10-20%),
> > > > but Bruce is probably right, it is a huge work and with dependence on
> > > > hardware & system implementation.
> > > >
> > > > We already discussed about it --- it is hacker's archive.
> > >
> > > One intresting issue is that commerical databases that recommended raw
> > > spaces are moving away from them, which helps us to know that the
> > > raw device benefit must be pretty small.
> > I beg to differ. Informix (the system my shop uses) blazes using raw
> > devices; Oracle (from what I understand) does also. Sybase (a resource
> > hog), on the other hand, seems to prefer cooked file systems.
> I know about Informix, but I heard Oracle was moving away from raw
> devices, and the speed improvement was only a few percentage points.
For Informix it's far more than a few percentage points; and then
when you add striping you move even faster.
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