In message <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>, Kris Kennaway writes: > > > I'm surprised that you're seeing that much of a "hang". Even if the di= > sks > > > are busy, the system should slow down all disk processes equally, so no > > > one process "blocks", but they're all a little slower. > >=20 > > I collected a bit of data: > >=20 > > While copying a large file from disk1 to disk2, > >=20 > > time ls on a small directory on disk3 (not cached in memory) > >=20 > > real 0m0.032s > > user 0m0.000s > > sys 0m0.003s > >=20 > > time ls on a small directory on disk2 > >=20 > > real 4m51.911s > > user 0m0.000s > > sys 0m0.002s > >=20 > > I expect access to a busy disk to take longer, but 5 minutes is > > a bit much. And that's the root directory of the filesystem, > > it didn't have to follow a long chain of directories to get there. > >=20 > > Sometimes I see long delays when accessing disk3, but it is > > behaving at the moment. > > ls still has to acquire a number of locks in order to be sure that the > contents of the directory aren't changing. If there are lots of other > processes all competing for these locks, it will be slow. It looks > like that's the case on your system, although details of your workload > have been trimmed from your email.
In telnet window 1: cd /disk1/ cp -ip very_big_file /disk2/bar/ (the workload) In telnet window 2: time ls /disk3/foo1/ (make sure time and ls are cached in memory) time ls /disk3/foo2/ (see timing numbers above) time ls /disk2/ (see timing numbers above) The /disk2/ directory is small, only contains 3 directories and .snap Would the cp into /disk2/bar/ lock the /disk2/ directory? IIRC the cp was still running after the ls completed. Other than the cp and ls, the machine should have been idle. None of the three disks have /, /usr, /var, /home or similar filesystems likely to have stray I/O. The crontab directory is empty. _______________________________________________ firstname.lastname@example.org mailing list http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-questions To unsubscribe, send any mail to "[EMAIL PROTECTED]"