[mythtv-users] NFS and remote backend

Steven Adeff adeffs.mythtv at gmail.com
Fri Jan 11 15:21:01 UTC 2008

On Jan 6, 2008 1:24 PM, R. G. Newbury <newbury at mandamus.org> wrote:
> Brian wrote:
> > jongi wrote:
> >> David Brodbeck wrote:
> >>> On Jan 1, 2008, at 8:31 AM, jongi wrote:
> >>>
> >>>> Mike Barnard wrote:
> >>>>>> Both systems are F8 but the nfs is painfully slow between them. ftp
> >>>>>> though runs at over 1MB/s and nfs is nowhere near that speed.
> >> /etc/fstab
> >>
> >>    /mnt/mythtv/media/      nfs             rw
> >>
> >> /etc/exports
> >>
> >> /nfs4exports/share1/   *(rw,async,all_squash)
> > You can try by increasing the buffer size by adding rsize=$kb,wsize=$kb
> > in the options section where $kb is the amount of buffer in kilobytes.
> > IIRC, Linux kernels over 2.4 default to an 8k buffer. Maybe try 32k
> > ($kb=32768)?
> >
> > I've found that SCP, NFS and Samba all operate at the same speed (pretty
> > much). I'm not sure how FTP speed places in that group. Maybe try a test
> > using SCP to isolate if it's a network problem or NFS problem?
> I think that any of these methods should run at nearly the same raw
> speed. It's the extras of overhead which slow some of them down.
> I picked up some pointers somewhere and this is what I use between my
> systems. This is the laptop nfs mounting the myth box. With this setup,
> my limiting factor is the wireless G rate if I am operating wireless, or
> the wire speed rate if plugged in.
> myth.whatever.net:/video                 /mnt/mythvid   nfs
> users,tcp,rsize=4096,wsize=4096,soft,intr,actimeo=0,nfsvers=3
> Various settings affect all this.
> 1)      The MTU setting is raised to 4160 in the Network Device settings.
> This is 64 bytes (overhead allowance) above the 4096, which are the
> send/receive buffer sizes. This is now the max 'packet' size. (I know
> its not really the packet size, but that's as good a concept as any for
> this use). This cuts down on comm overhead where tcpip has to chop and
> re-assemble chunks of bytes before sending them on the the system.
> The soft,intr are supposedly faster than the other choices...I cannot
> even remember exactly what they are.
> The actimeo=0 is important. This tells the system not to write the
> accesstime to the file on each access. This is a major time overhead on
> even read access to a file.
> I didn't benchmark this but it does help.
> Geoff

Geoff, if I use your rsize and wsize with an MTU of 9000 should that
be ok or will it cause excessive overhead as well?

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