EXT3 and large directories

Christian Kujau lists at nerdbynature.de
Thu Oct 5 15:41:23 UTC 2006

On Wed, 4 Oct 2006, Matt Dodson wrote:
> Is this a bug or by design? Would there be a better filesystem to use
> for my situation?

I think it's a design issue, I don't think 1M files was not common when 
ext3 came out (1999). ReiserFS is said to be "fast with lots of small 
files", but as always: evaluate the fs before putting applications on 
it. FWIW, I've did a little test with ext3 and 0,1M/1M files on an 
already existing fs (rootfs of an existing FC6 installation):


BOFH excuse #143:

had to use hammer to free stuck disk drive heads.

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