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    SubjectRe: Major XFS problems...
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    Jakob Oestergaard wrote:

    | <frustrated_admin mode="on">
    | Does anyone actually use XFS for serious file-serving? (yes, I run it
    | on my desktop at home and I don't have problems there - such reports are
    | not really relevant).

    I have our fileserver running completly on XFS (because its quota &

    I have an internal 60GB HW RAID 1 and an external 4 disk SCSI 400GB
    software RAID 5 both running XFS. The Server is NFS, Samba and Appletalk
    (thought that is almost not used). NFS is not the main point (except the
    servers for sharing a backup disk and two office PCs who run linux there
    is no NFS traffic, the rest ~50 PCs connect via Samba). It's Xeon single
    CPU box, but I have an SMP kernel because of HT. 2GB ram.

    I haven't had a single XFS connected error. It surved 5 hard reboots
    because of another external disk that got berserk and forced me to turn
    on/off the server.

    A nightly backup on another HD on the same box goes well, even from 4
    other servers via NFS.

    | Is anyone actually maintaining/bugfixing XFS? Yes, I know the
    | MAINTAINERS file, but I am a little bit confused here - seeing that
    | trivial-to-trigger bugs that crash the system and have simple fixes,
    | have not been fixed in current mainline kernels.

    well there is the linux-xfs ML ... :)

    | If XFS is a no-go because of lack of support, is there any realistic
    | alternatives under Linux (taking our need for quota into account) ?

    lack of support. in my opinion there work some very bright persons. Main
    problem is, that it comes from a system which is completly different
    designed than linux and I think this problem still triggers those SMP,
    etc bugs.

    | And finally, if Linux is simply a no-go for high performance file
    | serving, what other suggestions might people have? NetApp?

    Well. I am not yet in the TB leage and 200+ user boxes, etc. So I can't
    say about that. But that will come soon, and then I will see if I have
    to runt about that.

    lg, clemens
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