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Re: Mount options for Ext3?

From: Bruce Momjian <pgman(at)candle(dot)pha(dot)pa(dot)us>
To: Kevin Brown <kevin(at)sysexperts(dot)com>
Cc: pgsql-performance(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: Mount options for Ext3?
Date: 2003-01-27 20:11:18
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Let me add that I have heard that on Linux XFS is better for PostgreSQL
than either ext3 or Reiser.


Kevin Brown wrote:
> Josh Berkus wrote:
> > Well, the only reason I use Ext3 rather than Ext2 is to prevent fsck's on 
> > restart after a crash.    So I'm interested in the data option that gives the 
> > minimum performance hit, even if it means that I sacrifice some reliability.   
> > I'm running with fsynch on, and the DB is on a mirrored drive array, so I'm 
> > not too worried about filesystem-level errors.
> > 
> > So would that be "data=writeback"?
> Yes.  That should give almost the same semantics as ext2 does by
> default, except that metadata is journalled, so no fsck needed.  :-)
> In fact, I believe that's exactly how ReiserFS works, if I'm not
> mistaken (I saw someone claim that it does data journalling, but I've
> never seen any references to how to get ReiserFS to journal data).
> BTW, why exactly are you running ext3?  It has some nice journalling
> features but it sounds like you don't want to use them.  But at the
> same time, it uses pre-allocated inodes just like ext2 does, so it's
> possible to run out of inodes on ext2/3 while AFAIK that's not
> possible under ReiserFS.  That's not likely to be a problem unless
> you're running a news server or something, though.  :-)
> On the other hand, ext3 with data=writeback will probably be faster
> than ReiserFS for a number of things.
> No idea how stable ext3 is versus ReiserFS...
> -- 
> Kevin Brown					      kevin(at)sysexperts(dot)com
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