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    I want to find the best filesystem for my Acer Aspire One's pathetically slow 16 GB ssd, so it might just become useable again. For example, firefox's database brings browsing to a halt. I made ext4, ext3, ext2, jfs, reiserfs, & xfs partitions, all with noatime. I want to benchmark each partition.

    1st problem:
    I tried to install a disk test suite with pts but I got "installer exited with a non-zero exit status"
    The log file is very long & I'm unable to decipher it. Suffice to say there are lots of errors (table has no member named... expected ')' before '*' token... etc...)
    I'm using ubuntu 10.04 beta 1 with just the base system install (no gnome/kde/...). I installed pts from the repository along with its dependencies.
    What went wrong?

  • #2
    What test specifically were you installing when it got the error?
    Michael Larabel
    http://www.michaellarabel.com/

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    • #3
      phoronix-test-suite install disk

      Thanks for the help Michael,
      I wanted to install a suite of tests to find which disk partition gave the best performance so I typed (with sudo too, but that didn't help)

      phoronix-test-suite install disk

      which had pts download sqlite & try to install, fail, then try to install the next test, & so on until I killed it.

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      • #4
        Huh, I reinstalled ubuntu, with the netbook packages this time, & the test suite is installing as it should.

        Now I have /dev/sda1,5,6,7,8,9 for ext4,3,2,reiserfs,jfs,xfs respectively & want to run the disk test suite on each of these partitions & then compare the results.

        I have some trouble following the online docs. It guess I should type:
        phoronix-test-suite run disk /dev/sda1 (then 5,6,... once it finishes the first)
        Any guidance is much appreciated.

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        • #5
          The easiest way -- so that it applies to all tests -- is to modify the EnvironmentDirectory location in ~/.phoronix-test-suite/user-config.xml to point to the different drive you wish to test each time.
          Michael Larabel
          http://www.michaellarabel.com/

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Michael View Post
            The easiest way -- so that it applies to all tests -- is to modify the EnvironmentDirectory location in ~/.phoronix-test-suite/user-config.xml to point to the different drive you wish to test each time.


            can you provide an example of how this might look say for 2 devices?

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            • #7
              In what regard? You can only point it to one mounted directory at a time.
              Michael Larabel
              http://www.michaellarabel.com/

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Michael View Post
                In what regard? You can only point it to one mounted directory at a time.

                OK, 1 drive /partition at a time

                you mention editing the EnvironmentDirectory section in user-config.xml

                the section I found looks like this so I don't understand what change I would need to make to the file to access the desired partition.

                and do I want the device name ie: /dev/sdc1 or the mounted folder, in my case /media/compaqarray1

                <Installation>
                <RemoveDownloadFiles>FALSE</RemoveDownloadFiles>
                <SearchMediaForCache>TRUE</SearchMediaForCache>
                <SymLinkFilesFromCache>FALSE</SymLinkFilesFromCache>
                <PromptForDownloadMirror>FALSE</PromptForDownloadMirror>
                <EnvironmentDirectory>
                ~/.phoronix-test-suite/installed-tests/
                </EnvironmentDirectory>
                <CacheDirectory>
                ~/.phoronix-test-suite/download-cache/
                </CacheDirectory>
                </Installation>

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                • #9
                  Change:

                  <EnvironmentDirectory>
                  ~/.phoronix-test-suite/installed-tests/
                  </EnvironmentDirectory>

                  To:

                  <EnvironmentDirectory>
                  /media/compaqarray1/
                  </EnvironmentDirectory>
                  Michael Larabel
                  http://www.michaellarabel.com/

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                  • #10
                    I tried this and PTY still accesses the / drive (sda1)
                    btw: DO I want to run as a local user or su?


                    I tried deleting .Phoronix-test-suite and rerunning.

                    In doing so I am presented with the following

                    Test Target:

                    1: Default Test Directory
                    2: /media/500gb [/dev/sdb1]
                    3: /media/areca2 [/dev/sdb2]
                    4: /media/areca3 [/dev/sdc1]
                    5: Test All Options

                    Except I want to test the compaq arrays, listed below

                    Disk /dev/cciss/c0d0: 1452.4 GB, 1452437144064 bytes
                    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 176582 cylinders
                    Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
                    Disk identifier: 0x000e796f

                    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
                    /dev/cciss/c0d0p1 1 176582 1418394883+ 83 Linux

                    Disk /dev/cciss/c0d1: 109.2 GB, 109252608000 bytes
                    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 13282 cylinders
                    Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
                    Disk identifier: 0x8ecde359

                    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
                    /dev/cciss/c0d1p1 * 1 13282 106687633+ 42 SFS

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