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.
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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