On Aug 17, 2007, at 1:00 PM, Mark Messier wrote:
I've got a freebsd 6.2 system, dual 2Ghz 5130 cpu, 4g ram, with raid5
Adaptec 2120s, running not much more than /usr/ports/mail/imap-uw
and I'm having performance problems with only 20 IMAP users.

I'm not swapping.. cpu is mostly idle, so I figure it must be I/O
performance.  Just to confirm, is that what the following show?

You're seeing upwards of 400 I/O transactions per sec, so your system is definitely I/O bound.

Note that RAID-5 is not an ideal choice for a filesystem which is going to be used for balanced read-write operations-- it's best used for read-only or read-mostly purposes. You are probably using the default mbox mail format; you're likely to find that using maildir would work much better when running on a RAID-5 volume.


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