[OpenAFS] Any real need for separate AFS cache harddisk partition?
Mon, 30 Oct 2006 05:13:12 -0500
avison48 <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> So it is worth it to set up afscache partition?
> The default on all our other machines seems fine.
> IMHO the less post-OS load tweaks, the better.
It depends on how the machine is going to be used. If you have things
that create large log files in /var, then putting the afs cache to
compete for the same space may result in an unhappy collision. While
it's true modern machines have a lot more disk space, they're also a
lot faster at filling up /var with log files, not to mention people and
applications are much better at using space for other purposes. Try
doing video editting, make a couple of dvd disk images, collect lots of
audio files, or simply run some versions of eclipse, and watch disk
space evaporate like snow in the tropics.
Personally, I have many machines where I don't bother to make
a separate afs cache, and don't care. I have a few machines where I
wish I had, and one machine where I set it up and was happy I had.
So I find that "light duty" server loads don't need this, while
for "serious development and experimentation" a separate cache is
very worthwhile. Your experience may vary. Obviously it's better
to set this up when installing the OS rather than after the fact.