Re: Filesystem Optimization

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Author: Bob Elzer
To: plugaz, Main PLUG discussion list
Subject: Re: Filesystem Optimization
Well if you create a new filesystem and do an rsync then there is nothing
to compare so the copy should go fast.

If you have 46k files and they need to be compared before overwriting then
that may take a little longer.

Try copying a 2gb file across your nfs and see how long that takes. I once
had a config error that caused my network copies to run slower than they

Also run you rsync a second time to a full tmpfs and check the timing I
suspect it will take longer. Not sure how many of your files change, but
you might have to let some change to get a better reading.

On Thu, Feb 6, 2020, 12:35 PM Nathan (PLUGAZ) <> wrote:

> I realize ext4 does not easily fragment, but when you have a large
> volume with lots of files of differing size, how can you optimize it?
> I have a 2TB mirrored array that has hundreds of thousands of less than
> 12KB files and hundreds of files that are more than 1MB and of course
> lots of movies and such which can be 1 to 4GB. Over the years it has
> gotten really slow.
> I have a shell script that basically runs rsync against my home
> directory and pushes it to a specific folder on my file server (part of
> this 2TB array).
> Typically the script runs in the wee hours when I'm asleep. But the
> other day I decided to run it just to watch it and see what happens. It
> was horrendously slow!
> I tried timing it. I ran time { rsync -av /home/myuser/.cache/
> remote:/backup/dir/.cache/; } and after 75 minutes I cancelled it. There
> are 46k files in that folder and it is roughly 2GB... 75 minutes it
> wasn't finished. Now this is running over an NFS link just FYI.
> So I created a 4GB tmpfs and mounted it where I needed and ran my time
> backup again and it took 2 minutes and 6 seconds. Obviously my network
> is not the issue.
> So today I'm trying to find places to store 2TB of data so I can
> rearrange things, but I'm wondering...
> Is there a program that watches and optimizes placement of files on a
> hard drive? I know these exist for windows, but linux?
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