Re: [PATCH 004 of 11] md: Increase the delay before markingmetadata clean, and make it configurable.
From: Andrew Morton
Date: Mon May 01 2006 - 02:14:52 EST
Neil Brown <neilb@xxxxxxx> wrote:
> On Sunday April 30, akpm@xxxxxxxx wrote:
> > NeilBrown <neilb@xxxxxxx> wrote:
> > >
> > >
> > > When a md array has been idle (no writes) for 20msecs it is marked as
> > > 'clean'. This delay turns out to be too short for some real
> > > workloads. So increase it to 200msec (the time to update the metadata
> > > should be a tiny fraction of that) and make it sysfs-configurable.
> > >
> > >
> > > ...
> > >
> > > + safe_mode_delay
> > > + When an md array has seen no write requests for a certain period
> > > + of time, it will be marked as 'clean'. When another write
> > > + request arrive, the array is marked as 'dirty' before the write
> > > + commenses. This is known as 'safe_mode'.
> > > + The 'certain period' is controlled by this file which stores the
> > > + period as a number of seconds. The default is 200msec (0.200).
> > > + Writing a value of 0 disables safemode.
> > > +
> > Why not make the units milliseconds? Rename this to safe_mode_delay_msecs
> > to remove any doubt.
> Because umpteen years ago when I was adding thread-usage statistics to
> /proc/net/rpc/nfsd I used milliseconds and Linus asked me to make it
> seconds - a much more "obvious" unit. See Email below.
> It seems very sensible to me.
That's output. It's easier to do the conversion with output. And I guess
one could argue that lots of people read /proc files, but few write to
Generally I don't think we should be teaching the kernel to accept
pretend-floating-point numbers like this, especially when a) "delay in
milliseconds" is such a simple concept and b) it's so easy to go from float
to milliseconds in userspace.
Do you really expect that humans (really dumb ones ;)) will be echoing
numbers into this file? Or will it mainly be a thing for mdadm to fiddle
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