On 19/08/2011 14:21, Aled Morris wrote:
> On 19 August 2011 11:15, Tom Evans<email@example.com> wrote:
>> On Thu, Aug 18, 2011 at 6:50 PM, Yuri<firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
>>> Some latest hard drives have logical sectors of 512 byte when they
>>> have 4k physical sectors.
>> Shouldn't UFS and ZFS drivers be able to either read the right sector size
>>> from the underlying device or at least issue a warning?
>> The device never reports the actual sector size, so unless FreeBSD
>> keeps a database of 4k sector hard drives that report as 512 byte
>> sector hard drives, there is nothing that can be done.
> At what point should we change the default in newfs/zfs to 4k?
It is already changed for UFS in 9.
> I guess formatting the filesystem for 4k sectors on a 512b drive would still
> work but it would be suboptimal. What would the performance penalty be in
It would be suboptimal but only for the slight waste of space that would
have otherwise been reclaimed if the block or fragment size remained 512
or 2K. This waste of space is insignificant for the vast majority of
users and there are no performance penalties, so it seems that switching
to 4K sectors by default for all file systems would actually be a good idea.