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Re: Mount options for Ext3?

From: pgsql(dot)spam(at)vinz(dot)nl
To: pgsql-performance(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: Mount options for Ext3?
Date: 2003-01-25 23:21:54
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On 2003-01-24 21:58:55 -0500, Tom Lane wrote:
> The key assumption we are making about the filesystem's behavior is that
> writes scheduled by the sync() will occur before the pg_control write
> that's issued after it.  People have occasionally faulted this algorithm
> by quoting the sync() man page, which saith (in the Gospel According To
> HP)
>      The writing, although scheduled, is not necessarily complete upon
>      return from sync.
> This, however, is not a problem in itself.  What we need to know is
> whether the filesystem will allow writes issued after the sync() to
> complete before those "scheduled" by the sync().

Certain linux 2.4.* kernels (not sure which, newer ones don't seem to have 
it) have the following kernel config option:

Use the NOOP Elevator (WARNING)
  If you are using a raid class top-level driver above the ATA/IDE core,
  one may find a performance boost by preventing a merging and re-sorting
  of the new requests.

  If unsure, say N.

If one were certain his OS wouldn't do any re-ordering of writes, would it be
safe to run with fsync = off? (not that I'm going to try this, but I'm just

Vincent van Leeuwen
Media Design

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