small blocks

Eric Sandeen sandeen at
Fri Aug 15 23:11:01 UTC 2008

Mag Gam wrote:
> Asking about the -i options.
>  -i bytes-per-inode
> The man page states, "This  value  generally shouldn't be smaller than
> the blocksize of the filesystem, since then too many inodes will be
> made."
> So, whats the problem of having too many inodes

You waste space on unused inodes.

And the problem of not having _enough_ is, you can't make new files even
when you have lots of blocks free, and you can't change that after the
fact.  It's one of the drawbacks of not dynamically allocating inodes.


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