On Mon, Aug 30, 2010 at 09:56:16AM +0200, Michael Monnerie wrote:
> I have 2x 2TB 4K sector drives, joined with LVM to RAID-0. On top of
> that, I created an XFS, but that has sectsz=512.
> Will there be any real difference if I re-format with sectsz=4096?
> AFAIK, XFS will do I/O based on block size, so the sector size doesn't
> do any harm. Is that correct?
As nathan mentioned XFS issues log I/O based on the sector size, and
we do allow direct I/O down to the sector size. That's two reasons
why or why you don't want a 4096 byte sector size. Depending on the rmv
implementation of the drive log I/O might be really slow if you set the
512 byte sector size. On the other hand there's lots of applications
that have the 512 byte alignment for direct I/O hardcoded, which will
break if you have a larger sector size. That's one of the fun things
4k sector size disks will bring up, especially the real 4k SAS disks
that do not accept any I/O smaller than that.
> A question for LVM: Is there anything I need to tell to LVM to let it
> know that those are 4K sector drives and I/O should be aligned to that?
> Drives are reported as 512b sectors, but really are 4K. There seems to
> be no way to instruct the kernel to see those drives as 4K drives.
If you have a recent enough LVM all metdata is aligned on 1MB boundaries
which will do just fine.