Boris Epstein borepstein at gmail.com
Sat Nov 26 03:26:42 UTC 2011

On Fri, Nov 25, 2011 at 7:47 PM, Tom Horsley <horsley1953 at gmail.com> wrote:

> I just reformatted a new 1TB USB 3.0 backup drive to
> ext4, mounted it, and I'm watching constant disk
> writes on my gkrellm display. I assume this is due
> to the ext4lazyinit process which showed up when
> I mounted the drive the first time.
> Anyone know how long it is likely to be initializing
> the tables? It has been running for about 20 minutes
> already.
> --

I would estimate the init would take 1-2 hours.

Beware of placing a large number in your ext3/ext4 partition. We made one
with millions of them - and it took us on the order of 10 hours to fsck it.
We could not afford that so we switched to xfs.

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