[CentOS] mkfs.ext3 on a 9TB volume

Les Mikesell lesmikesell at gmail.com
Mon Sep 12 00:15:44 UTC 2005

On Sun, 2005-09-11 at 18:29, Bryan J. Smith wrote:

> Is there some way you'all are formatting your Ext3 partitions that takes
> so long?  I don't think has ever taken longer than 8 hours to fully fsck
> my Ext3 partitions on a multi-TB server -- and typically I only have 1-2
> filesystems that need a full fsck and I'm _never_ down more than 1-2
> hours.

It goes with the number of files more than the size of the partition
or size used.  In my case it is a backuppc archive containing
multiple copies of most of the other servers at the site.  Backuppc
compresses files, then links duplicates so it can cram about
10x what you could otherwise fit on a drive.  Fsck still has to
follow each directory entry to check it even though all the
hard links point to the same place.

  Les Mikesell
    lesmikesell at gmail.com

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