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SubjectSync over loop devices takes ages? [2.4.17]
Hi!

I have a script (attached). At one point it tries to do sync... That
sync take a long time, with disk mostly unused. vmstat says:

[Well, it actually finished in five minutes. 100MB file, 300 seconds,
that's 300kB per second. That disk can do

root@amd:/proc/sys/kernel# hdparm -t /dev/hda

/dev/hda:
Timing buffered disk reads: 64 MB in 9.49 seconds = 6.74 MB/sec
root@amd:/proc/sys/kernel#
]

256MB ram, athlon cpu.

root@amd:~# vmstat 1
procs memory swap io system cpu
r b w swpd free buff cache si so bi bo in cs us sy id
1 1 2 0 4384 8160 210048 0 0 244 483 1292 179 0 4 95
0 1 2 0 4424 8160 210008 0 0 216 436 1406 129 0 1 99
0 1 2 0 4464 8160 209968 0 0 216 432 1397 124 0 1 99
0 1 2 0 4380 8160 210052 0 0 212 424 1373 124 0 1 99
0 1 2 0 4428 8160 210008 0 0 212 424 1373 122 0 1 99
0 1 2 0 4468 8160 209968 0 0 216 432 1397 127 0 3 97
0 1 2 0 4380 8160 210060 0 0 220 448 1437 126 0 1 99
0 1 2 0 4432 8160 210008 0 0 204 408 1325 118 0 0 100
0 1 2 0 4344 8160 210096 0 0 216 432 1397 126 0 1 99
0 1 2 0 4388 8160 210052 0 0 212 424 1373 122 0 1 99
0 1 2 0 4416 8160 210020 0 0 224 448 1445 130 1 0 99
0 1 2 0 4464 8156 209976 0 0 208 416 1428 274 0 2 98
0 1 2 0 4376 8156 210064 0 0 216 432 1510 345 0 0 100
0 1 2 0 4428 8156 210012 0 0 204 408 1420 299 0 2 98

2% cpu used, 2 blocks written? This is way too low. Is this known bug?
Script looks like this, to reproduce I did run it with -p:

#!/bin/bash
#
# fscktest
#
# Usage:
# Make sure output is logged somewhere
# First, run fscktest -p as root
# Then you can run fscktest as normal user...
#

prepare() {
SIZE=100000
echo "Creating file..."
cat /dev/zero | head -c $[$SIZE*1024] > test
echo "Making filesystem..."
/sbin/mkfs.$FS test
echo "Mounting..."
mount test -o loop /mnt
echo "Copying files..."
cp -a /bin /mnt
cp -a /usr/bin /mnt
cp -a /usr/src/linux /mnt
echo "Syncing..."
sync
echo "Unmounting..."
umount /mnt
echo "Moving..."
mv test fsck.okay
echo "All done."
}

FS=ext2
if [ .$1 == .-p ]; then
prepare
exit
fi
RUN=0
while true; do
RUN=$[$RUN+1]
echo "Run #$RUN"
echo Preparing...
cp fsck.okay fsck.damaged
echo Damaging...
dd if=/dev/urandom of=fsck.damaged count=10240 seek=3 conv=notrunc
cp fsck.damaged fsck.test
echo First check...
/sbin/fsck.$FS -fy fsck.damaged
RESULT=$?
if [ $RESULT != 1 -a $RESULT != 2 -a $RESULT != 0 ]; then
echo "Fsck failed in bad way (result = $RESULT)"
exit
fi
echo Second check...
/sbin/fsck.$FS -fy fsck.damaged
RESULT=$?
if [ $RESULT != 0 ]; then
echo "Fsck lied about its success (result = $RESULT)"
exit
fi
done


Any comments, fixes, etc?
Pavel
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