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Re: [vox-tech] Need Partitioning Advice
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Re: [vox-tech] Need Partitioning Advice



On Thu, Jun 18, 2009 at 12:09:00PM -0700, Rick Moen wrote:
> Quoting Gabriel G. Rosa (grosa@ucdavis.edu):
> 
> > I find the argument of journal overhead to be about as relevant in a
> > modern machine as the argument of software RAID overhead. That is to say,
> > not at all.
> 
> This line of thought isn't going to fly among system administrators, at
> least.  ext2 has always been really valuable as a really fast operating
> system, ext3, even used with well selected journal options, is merely
> very good.  In situations where performance matters -- and where a
> journal is not essential -- the choice matters.
> 
> And even on my own servers, which are fundamentally bottlnecked on
> outbound bandwidth rather than disk, I'd rather not lose easy
> performance gains.
> 
> > I think Bill's point is that swap spindle optimization is become largely
> > irrelevant with cheap and abundant RAM.
> 
> Again, this is not a compelling argument for sysadmins, or anyone else
> who takes pride in getting easy gains of performance where they are
> available.
> 
> > You can argue it's not a lot of extra work to set up, but it's also
> > not a lot of gains to be had over time.
> 
> You have probably not seen systems thrashing for lack of it.
> 

Note that the OP was talking about his wife's desktop system, not high
performance servers.

-G
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