Disk defragmenter in Linux

Mike McCarty mike.mccarty at sbcglobal.net
Fri Dec 30 22:35:44 UTC 2005

Robert Nichols wrote:
> Mike McCarty wrote:
>> Surely those who argue that ext3 does not get fragmented
>> during install don't think that 248 extents is "not
>> significant fragmentation".
> While that almost certainly constitutes "significant fragmentation"
> it probably has very little effect on performance.  It _would_
> affect performance if that file were being read sequentially, but
> ELF binaries don't get loaded that way.  Individual pages are
> read in via demand paging, and the next page needed could be from
> anywhere in the file.

I thought we were discussing ext3 and what could happen with it.
Someone was claiming that ext3 was inherently immune or
nearly so to fragmentation.

So, back to the OP's question: Where is there/why isn't there
a defragmenter for ext3?

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