for version 0.1.2 Shine
Now are available
binary packages in RPM format (for linux based on rpm) and TBZ
for FreeBSD 6.2 and 7.0 (tbz).
12 Apr 2008
Release 0.1.2 "Shine" avaliable!
a man page.
- Improved the copy for many devices: Now, when a disk fails (ex. when is full)
it is removed from work, and the system still coping to others destinations.
- Improved style of statistics at and of copies.
- Fixed a problem
when compiling on sistems that no need for librt.
- Fixed segmentation fail when try to refer to inacessible/inexistent files.
- Fixed a integer overflow on showing readed/written bytes.
- Fixed a problem when verifing inconsistent arguments.
9 Apr 2008
Release of mdcp 0.1.1 "morning" avaliable!
mdcp is a command-line
utility for *nix that provide to copy from a disk device to many.
The data transfer rate is improved by making use of a much more
efficient use of the disks transfer rate.
The origin data
is read only once, and is replicated in the destination devices.
All working in parallel: all disks working at the same time,
almost without interruption.
the time to copy between devices falls considerably in relation
existing utilities used to same propose - such as "dd".
was developed aiming to reduce the time of the cloning of discs
with pre-installed operating systems for multiple machines, but
can be used for a big variety of porpouses.
is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify
it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by
the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or
(at your option) any later version.
is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the
GNU General Public License for more details.
You should have
received a copy of the GNU General Public License
along with this program. If not, see <http://www.gnu.org/licenses/>.
The sintax of
comand-line utility is of form:
mdcp <bs> <count> <fileIn> <fileOut1> ... <fileOutN>
< bs> : Block size. Leave it 0 to default size 32768
< count> : Copy only <count> blocks. Leave it 0 for copy until find
< fileIn> : Device to be read
< fileOutN> : Device to be written
To copy from file "linux-hd1.img" to the devices hdb, hdc, and
# mdcp 0 0 linux-hd1.img hdb hdc hdd
To copy from
device hda to hdb and hdc, first 1GB of data:
# mdcp 32768 32768 /dev/hda /dev/hdb /dev/hdc
note that 32768
* 32768 = 1073741824 = 1GB
the firsts 10GB from devices hdb, hdc and hdd you can do:
# mdcp 0 327680 /dev/zero /dev/hdb /dev/hdc /dev/hdd
Note that the
name of the devices will can be change acordling to wich OS you
At FreeBSD OS,
a copy would like as:
# mdcp 0 0 myimg.img /dev/ad1 /dev/ad2 /dev/ad3
Copying 1 gigabyte
(1,073,741,824 bytes) among IDE hard disks (UDMA 133)
0:0 = IDE 0 : Master
0:1 = IDE 0 : Slave
1:0 = IDE 1 : Master
1:1 = IDE 1 : Slave Teste Details:
Parameters passed to utilitys: block Size = 32768, count = 32768
Hardware: Pentium 4, 1.8GHz, 512MB of RAM
OS: FreeBSD 7
IS CONVENIENT TO USE mdcp
Based in the analysis, the conclusion is that the the copy using mdcp
is much fast when copying for more then one fisical disk devices, and is
recomended its use in this case: it was designed for this.
To copy from a disk to another single disk, your performance is still
better that the conventional mode.
Although, when copying for diferent slices (or files) at same physical
disk, the performance is decreased because cause a disk's overhead. Thus,
for this situations is more indicated the convencional mode of copying.
by Wagner Monzyne, email <firstname.lastname@example.org>