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SubjectRe: Poor floppy performance in kernel 2.4.10
On Thu, 18 Oct 2001, [iso-8859-1] Steve Kieu wrote:

> Negative here, I am using 2.4.12-ac2 here and did not
> notice what you said,

Well, perhaps the ac series does not suffer from this problem? As I
stated in the original mail, I'm using 2.4.12 (from Linus).

> the speed of transfer is still
> about 23KB/sec when copying a 1.1Mb file from floppy ;
> it is the same as before, even better :-)

I just measured it for a file of that size, and I even got 29KB/sec.

However, it's performance for small files, directory listing operations
etc. that I'm complaining about. And not for a mounted floppy (which
seems to be fine), but when using mtools.

So, to reiterate, the conditions known to be necessary to reproduce it
are: kernel >=2.4.10 (perhaps only the Linus series), small files or
directory operations, mtools. The behaviour is as if no caching was done,
there is a slowdown by a factor of two. I have this problem both on my
laptop and on the desktop machine at work. They are running different
kernel versions (2.4.12 and 2.4.10), differently configured and compiled
by two different people. Kernel 2.4.9 and earlier worked fine.


Kamil Iskra
Section Computational Science, Faculty of Science, Universiteit van Amsterdam tel. +31 20 525 75 35 fax. +31 20 525 74 90
Kruislaan 403 room F.202 1098 SJ Amsterdam The Netherlands

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