Re: (reiserfs) Re: New Linux 2.5 - 2.6 TODO (Alan Cox suggests delaying reiserfs integration)

From: Gawain N. E. Lavers (
Date: Mon Jun 05 2000 - 16:45:43 EST

Bryan -TheBS- Smith wrote:


> I'm building a new fileserver in July. It will house over half a
> terabyte of data, which will, in all likelihood, be augmented to
> over a Terabyte within a year. This fileserver will be responsible
> for housing the files for a 32-bit SoC (system-on-a-chip) design,
> with Solaris, Linux and NT clients. We throw data around like it
> is a rag doll, checking in files as large as 1GB into CVS.

Our (Torque Systems') experience suggests that unless something radicle
happens, you won't be able to place that terabyte on a single server.
Our attempts have been stymied at precisely the 500 GB mark--not a
megabyte over has succeeded, either in a single partition or multiple

Since we're in the business of building such servers, and have received
such demands, this is of great import to us. If you find yourself
experiencing similar problems, or are interested in the issues we have
come across, don't hesitate to contact either myself or the engineer who
has been most involved with this problem (Joe:

Joe's initial conclusion was that the problem resided somewhere else in
the kernel--i.e. that it was not ReiserFS related, but I don't know
where it stands currently.


> P.S. If anyone has any suggestions regarding a new Linux server
> being built in the July timeframe (opinions on kernel, hardware or
> possibly running FreeBSD with its softupdated FFS and NFS v3
> server instead?), feel free to do so by mailing me directly. I'm
> probably going to push it by using an pre-release 2.4.x kernel if
> 2.4.0 isn't out by July -- and ReiserFS is probably going to get
> the bill.
> --
> Bryan "TheBS" Smith -- Engineer, IT Professional and Hacker
> E-mail:,
> Disclaimer:
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Gawain Lavers
Software Engineer
Torque Systems Inc.

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