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SubjectRe: Sync over loop devices takes ages? [2.4.17]

> > I have a script (attached). At one point it tries to do sync... That
> > sync take a long time, with disk mostly unused.
> When doing (say) ext2-on-loop-on-ext2 you should always ensure
> that the blocksize for the topmost filesystem is the same as
> the one underneath. So probably you wanted `mkfs.ext2 -b 4096'.
> If you have a 1k blocksize filesystem loop-mounted on a 4k blocksize
> filesystem, every write of a 1k block requires a read of the underlying
> 4k block. Which is excrutiatingly slow.

Oh, but I *want* to do 1k filesystem test!

Performance seems okay in 2.4.19-pre?aa?.... And even 2.4.18 is
slightly faster. [BTW it is fully cached (100MB test on 256MB machine)
so 4k reads should not be such a big problem.]
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