Hi,

I tried gvinum RAID-5 with a 5-Stable around the time when 5.1 or 5.2
was released (afair) and back then it basically sucked big time. Raid
worked as long as nothing failed, but reconstructing a drive was
somewhere between very painful and not possible.


I agree.

Now I will have to upgrade hardware soon, which means I could switch
from NetBSD (and Raidframe) to FreeBSD (with gvinum) again. I would
like to because NetBSD seems to have some kind of memory leak in
connection with Samba and large or many files, but I'd rather have a
somewhat unstable Samba than an unstable Raid, so what's the state of
affairs?

I have been running gvinum RAID-5 on a ProLiant machine for 6 months now
and I hadn't had any problems so far. First I installed FreeBSD 5.4 at
that time but the RAID array crashed when there was an unclean reboot.
After that I installed FreeBSD 6.1 and for now (knock knock knock)
everything looks to work fine. However, I hadn't had a disk crash yet so
I can't tell what exactly happens when one of the disks dies.

I also run Samba and NOD32fac viruschecking on the same server and it
works just great.

HTH,
Nejc

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