Big problem with huge number of files

Jure Pečar pegasus at
Fri Jan 2 21:38:26 UTC 2009

On Fri, 02 Jan 2009 22:18:55 +0200
Sergey Shyman <sergey.shyman at> wrote:

> Hi all,
> I have an issue when I can't get directory listing for maildir with huge 
> number of files inside. Neither ls, du or any other command finished 
> successfully, it just running for hours without any success. Does 
> anybody know how I could get directory listing and copies of my files? 
> Any pointing would be great and greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!

Have you tried ls -U so that ls doesn't do internal sorting?
Have you tried find?


Jure Pečar

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