Bug 194512 - poor e2fsck performance introduced in RHEL3 U3
poor e2fsck performance introduced in RHEL3 U3
Product: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3
Classification: Red Hat
Component: e2fsprogs (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Eric Sandeen
Jay Turner
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Reported: 2006-06-08 12:55 EDT by Gunther Schlegel
Modified: 2015-01-07 19:12 EST (History)
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Last Closed: 2007-10-19 14:43:23 EDT
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Description Gunther Schlegel 2006-06-08 12:55:59 EDT
Description of problem: e2fsck takes unreasonable long when checking
filesystems. It takes many times more than checking a similar filesystem on RHEL
2.1 or RHEL4. This has not always been the case, but was introduced by some
update release. I think it was U3.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
RHEL3 U7 fully patched.

How reproducible:
Install RHEL3 U0 and run fsck on a big filesystem, measure time.
Update to U7, fsck again and measure time.

Steps to Reproduce:
Actual results:
e2fsck is slower with the newer releases.

Expected results:
e2fsck should perform identically.

Additional info:
This is going on my nerves for some time now and I am just waiting for an fsck
run to finish, so I file a bug. I believe I first noticed it when I applied U3
to our servers and suddenly had to wait an hour instead of 5 minutes. I see this
effect on all my 10+ RHEL3 systems. RHEL2.1 and RHEL4 is notably faster.
Comment 1 Eric Sandeen 2007-05-05 13:27:26 EDT
Sorry for the long time w/ no response on this bug.

Can you say whether this is still a problem in RHEL3?  I think RHEL3 is getting
close to a maintenance mode where non-critical (not security, corruption, etc)
bugs will have a hard time getting updates, I'm afraid.

how much slower is it, do you have any timing info?

Comment 2 Gunther Schlegel 2007-05-14 07:57:45 EDT
Hi Eric,

> how much slower is it, do you have any timing info?

It feels like 5 times and it is still in there. However, I do not have
ressources to investigate at the moment to give you exact figures and as the
usage of RHEL3 is on the decline anyways, we may just leave the bug open and
rest in peace.

regards, Gunther
Comment 3 Eric Sandeen 2007-05-14 10:24:42 EDT
Gunther, thanks.  I can certainly do some testing here too.

If it persists to RHEL5, it's well worth making sure I/we know exactly why it's
slower - even if we don't fix it in RHEL3.  Maybe it was a fix for some missed
case, or maybe it was simply a mistake that slowed things down.  I'll try to get
to the bottom of it.


Comment 4 Gunther Schlegel 2007-05-14 10:36:19 EDT
I have to clarify my statement. 

I have never observed the problem with RHEL4 ( and I have no experience with
fsck on RHEL 5 yet).

regards, Gunther
Comment 5 Eric Sandeen 2007-09-19 12:58:46 EDT
Note to myself: e2fsprogs versions for RHEL3:

GOLD:	e2fsprogs-1.32-15
U1:	e2fsprogs-1.32-15
U2:	e2fsprogs-1.32-15
U3:	e2fsprogs-1.32-15
U4:	e2fsprogs-1.32-15.1
U5:	e2fsprogs-1.32-15.1
U6:	e2fsprogs-1.32-15.1
U7:	e2fsprogs-1.32-15.1
U8:	e2fsprogs-1.32-15.3
U9:	e2fsprogs-1.32-15.3

The only change I see in the changelog is:

+* Mon Apr 24 2006 Thomas Woerner <twoerner@redhat.com> - 1.32-15.3
+- added support for 32M directory limit in e2fsck (#162576)
+- fixed offline filesystem resizing issue (#144486)
+* Tue Apr 18 2006 Karel Zak <kzak@redhat.com> - 1.32-15.2
+- fix unexpected fsck error message (#185534)
+* Mon Oct 04 2004 Thomas Woerner <twoerner@redhat.com> - 1.32-15.1
+- rebuilt for multilib

but I'll pull the trees & look.  I just want to make sure there's not some
regression that persists until today....
Comment 6 Eric Sandeen 2007-09-19 13:33:30 EDT
Hm, literally the only difference between GOLD & U7 was a rebuild to support
multilib.  There were *no* code changes to e2fsprogs.  Perhaps this was a kernel
performance regression.
Comment 7 RHEL Product and Program Management 2007-10-19 14:43:23 EDT
This bug is filed against RHEL 3, which is in maintenance phase.
During the maintenance phase, only security errata and select mission
critical bug fixes will be released for enterprise products. Since
this bug does not meet that criteria, it is now being closed.
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If you feel this bug is indeed mission critical, please contact your
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information on how this bug is affecting you.

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