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    SubjectRe: filesystem access slowing system to a crawl
    Good morning, Thomas,

    On Tue, 4 Feb 2003, Thomas Bätzler wrote:

    > maybe you could help me out with a really weird problem we're having
    > with a NFS fileserver for a couple of webservers:
    > - Dual Xeon 2.2 GHz
    > - 6 GB RAM
    > - QLogic FCAL Host adapter with about 5.5 TB on a several RAIDs
    > - Debian "woody" w/Kernel 2.4.19
    > Running just "find /" (or ls -R or tar on a large directory) locally
    > slows the box down to absolute unresponsiveness - it takes minutes
    > to just run ps and kill the find process. During that time, kupdated
    > and kswapd gobble up all available CPU time.
    > The system performs great otherwise, so I've ruled out a hardware
    > problem. It can't be a load problem because during normal operation,
    > the system is more or less bored out of its mind (70-90% idle time).
    > I'm really at the end of my wits here :-(
    > Any help would be greatly appreciated!

    I'm sure the inode problem Andrew and Andrea have pointed out is
    more likely.
    However, just out of interest, does the problem go away or become
    less severe if you use "noatime" on that filesystem?

    mount -o remount,noatime /my_raid_mount_point

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