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  • #16
    Great that JFS appears in a test

    Over the years I've become pretty fond of JFS, which has never let me down, so it's great to see it included in this test. I wish Phoronix would include it in the other filesystem tests run from time to time. It may not be the latest thing, but it's solid, and always appears right up there in comparison tests like this. It's a pity that RedHat (and Fedora) SuSE (and OpenSuSE) make it difficult-to-impossible to install from scratch using JFS, but at least Debian has retained it as an option.

    I find JFS great on KVM guests, especially with the noop scheduler.

    While XFS is good too, especially for larger files, I was responsible for systems during the dreaded file corruption days if a filesystem wasn't shut down cleanly, now a forgotten episode, but that little sense of mistrust still remains long after the issue was resolved. I also have horrible memories of piecing together an EXT4 system from the lost+found folder, and lost an entire resier3 filesystem once, on a system running on another continent!

    JFS has been great on lightweight systems too. I run one server at an off-grid location, where power consumption is a significant issue, not just an ideal. JFS is known to be frugal on processor demand, and squeezes good capacity from small disks too.

    Any chance of Phoronix repeating that seminal 2007 file system comparison test done on Debian?

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    • #17
      Use noatime instead of relatime

      Think of it.

      Any time you read ANYTHING, a write must occur. Relatime delays the writes so they occur more efficiently, but they still occur.

      This is why i always use noatime. Almost nothing (mutt?) needs to know when was the last time a file was read, and the performance loss is not neglible, not to mention adding wear to flash media.

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      • #18
        Thanks, but...

        Originally posted by Artemis3 View Post
        Think of it.

        Any time you read ANYTHING, a write must occur. Relatime delays the writes so they occur more efficiently, but they still occur.

        This is why i always use noatime. Almost nothing (mutt?) needs to know when was the last time a file was read, and the performance loss is not neglible, not to mention adding wear to flash media.
        Thanks, you are probably right; but, that is thoroughly beside my mount. I am **not** suggesting that my options are optimal or the most commonly used. I'm just suggesting that it is a good idea to bnechmark whatever options **are** optimal/most common. Determining that seems to be something that Michael does regularly anyway.

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        • #19
          Originally posted by Artemis3 View Post
          Any time you read ANYTHING, a write must occur. Relatime delays the writes so they occur more efficiently, but they still occur.
          Incorrect. relatime only updates the access time if it is earlier than the last mtime/ctime. For example, with relatime, if a file is modified and then read, there will be a write to update the access time. If the file is read again, there will be no more writes to update the access time (until the file is modified again).

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          • #20
            Efficient for Semi-Static Files, Numbers?

            Originally posted by jwilliams View Post
            Incorrect. relatime only updates the access time if it is earlier than the last mtime/ctime. For example, with relatime, if a file is modified and then read, there will be a write to update the access time. If the file is read again, there will be no more writes to update the access time (until the file is modified again).
            My understanding is that this, `relatime`'s behaviour as you describe, is of great utility for files that are rarely updated but frequently read. That would be files like the contents of /usr, /bin, /etc as well as image archives, music archives, etc. Again, as I understand it, `relatime` is pretty much useless for frequently updated files like those in /var. There are a ton of articles referencing "relatime write reduction" via Google, but seemingly none that have actual test/benchmark data on how much reductions is typical in various environments. Though this is now quite tangential to the original topic, you wouldn't happen to know of anywhere that has data on the effects of <none> vs `relatime` vs `noatime`, would you?

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            • #21
              What is the ultimate filesystem?
              Last edited by mazenmardini; 08-12-2013, 11:35 PM.

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              • #22
                Seems like xfs is the all around winner

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