[K12OSN] noatime mount option for better performance

James P. Kinney III jkinney at localnetsolutions.com
Thu Aug 9 13:06:26 UTC 2007

On Thu, 2007-08-09 at 12:38 +0300, Nadav Kavalerchik wrote:
> very interesting :-)
> i know this issue for some time but i was not brave enough to
> try it. because i'm not sure what service or application it will break
> on the system. and how much benefit it really has on the performance ?

From a performance aspect, the potential in LTSP is huge. Everytime a
client reads a file that runs the user interface, a disk write must also
happen if atime is on. From a standpoint of system control, do you
_really_ need to know when someone read a file? Maybe in a high-security
environment but in a school?
> how would you suggest we try it ?

Currently most system use mount options as defaults which are
default options: rw, suid, dev, exec, auto, nouser, and async

so change an fstab line from 
LABEL=/home  /home ext3 defaults 1 2
LABEL=/home /home ext3  rw,suid,dev,exec,auto,nouser,async,noatime  1 2

It is highly recommended that flash drives always be mounted with
noatime as their write count is limited.
> On 8/9/07, Robert Arkiletian <robark at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Just read this
> > http://kerneltrap.org/node/14148
> > Wondering if anyone has added noatime to /etc/fstab mount options for
> > extra performance? Sounds like it might make a big difference on a
> > terminal server.
> >
> > I don't care about /tmp being cleaned out automatically (as you can
> > wipe out /tmp on a reboot anyway) and I don't think any of us are
> > using HSM (Hierarchical Storage Management).
> >
> > --
> > Robert Arkiletian
> > Eric Hamber Secondary, Vancouver, Canada
> > Fl_TeacherTool http://www3.telus.net/public/robark/Fl_TeacherTool/
> > C++ GUI tutorial http://www3.telus.net/public/robark/
> >
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James P. Kinney III          
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Local Net Solutions,LLC        

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