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SubjectRe: Kernel 2.4.16 & Heavy I/O

Wild guesses follow..

On Thu, 29 Nov 2001, war war wrote:

> In essence, the 'tar' command is finished, however, 30-60 seconds
> after it has finished, it is actually still decompressing the data to
> the file on the disk.

It's probably writing it from RAM to disk. 60 seconds seems like a looong
time, tho. What does iostat -x tell ya during the time when tar is
finished and the disk is still going?

> On Solaris, when I untar a file, the disk stops grinding when the tar
> process is finished, and the system is totally usuable.

You can mount your filesystem synchronously..

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