regression with gmirror, Promise SATA and 7.0 ?

Matthew D. Fuller fullermd at
Thu Nov 1 13:06:18 PDT 2007

On Thu, Nov 01, 2007 at 03:09:45PM +0100 I heard the voice of
Thierry Herbelot, and lo! it spake thus:
> Thus, it seems that the combination of this Promise controller and
> the SATA disks has issues (there was a thread about Promise
> controllers and ZFS, but with no clear conclusion).

(and probably a number of other posts).

This has been an issue for me with -CURRENT (and so now RELENG_7)
early this year.  This box is still running RELENG_6 (and I'm writing
this mail on it), and will take a pounding on the drives all day long
without the slightest tic.  But put -CURRENT/RELENG_7 on it, and it's
lucky to live long enough to get into multi-user mode, can be killed
instantly with a find, and will eventually keel over even with nothing
particular happening (where 'eventually' is measured in a single-digit
number of minutes).

Rather annoying, as I have several machines with Promise controllers
I'd like to move to 7.x.  But sadly, they need to access their hard
drives occasionally, so...

Matthew Fuller     (MF4839)   |  fullermd at
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