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robwicks 09-20-2011 01:19 PM

NFS client performance differs by mount point
I have an odd situation. I have a Linux server with an NFS mount over TCP to a NetApp filer. There are various application logging to the /logs mount point, which is where the filer is mounted. lsof /logs shows 250 things are open (exactly 250, if that is significant). When I mount the exact same volume to a temporary directory at the exact same time, my read performance goes from 70KB/s or so to 150+MB/s. A huge, huge difference. I'm at a loss as to why. Do any of you have any ideas?

mr51m0n 09-21-2011 07:17 AM

Hey robwicks

Can you provide some more infos, e.g. the output of

in both situations (mounted on /var and mounted on other directory) and the content of /etc/fstab?


jason_not 09-21-2011 07:56 AM


When you have the volume mounted on the temporary mount point, are all of the applications logging to it? I expect with so many programs having open files when it's your /log mount point, that you simply have a limited remaining bandwidth to the disk. The question that mr51m0n asked is relevant, in that the mount options can make a difference. But to really compare the two mount points, you must also reproduce all of the traffic.


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