Re: reiserfs blocks long on getdents64() during concurrent write

From: Oleg Drokin (
Date: Mon Aug 05 2002 - 00:44:29 EST


On Sun, Aug 04, 2002 at 06:09:34PM +0200, Roland Kuhn wrote:

> The first call to getdents64 takes 4.7s! I captured the task status and
> got this:

[call traces skipped]

> writer is a shell script calling dd with a blocksize of 1M. The problem of
> course vanishes when using noatime, but it still makes me wonder why a
> single write request is delayed so long. The other possibility to avoid

It seems that your kernel performs writes slowly.

> this is to use a sync mount, and there I discovered something really
> strange: 2.4.19 gives me about 17MB/s while 2.4.18-3 (RedHat) was creeping
> slow with 10kB/s!

2.4.18-3 is particularly bad know for this exact problem (slow write speed),
you should consider upgrading to at least 2.4.18-5 kernel from redhat updates.

For me on plain 2.4.18 the problem is not visible that bad as for you.
I.e. ls on a directory where I write this big file finishes in under
half a second.

> If you have any thoughts on the cause of this behaviour and/or on how to
> fix it, I would be glad to hear them. If it's not too complicated I could
> even code something up myself, and I for sure can do any testing needed.

You said 2.4.19 writes stuff faster for you, how about testing ls on that

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