[Linux-cluster] Directories with >100K files

Jeff Sturm jeff.sturm at eprize.com
Thu Jan 22 16:10:16 UTC 2009

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> From: linux-cluster-bounces at redhat.com 
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> nick at javacat.f2s.com
> Sent: Wednesday, January 21, 2009 8:29 AM
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> Subject: RE: [Linux-cluster] Directories with >100K files
> What is the way forward now ? I've got users complaining left 
> right and centre. Should I ditch GFS and use NFS ?

You've hit an area where GFS doesn't work so well.  I don't know if NFS
will be much better--others with more experience may know.  (For our
application we solely use GFS over other shared filesystem technologies
because we require strict posix locking.)

Your options seem to be:

A) Limit FS activity to as few nodes as possible.  (Does it perform
suitably when mounted on only a single node?)

B) Crank up demote_secs, an hour or more, until it either relieves your
problem, or cripples the system because too many locks are held too
long.  (I have a filesystem here with demote_secs=86400 so we can get
generally good rsync performance with over 50,000 file/directory

C) Use some alternative to GFS.

Sorry if there's not a better answer.


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