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SubjectRe: rm a_large_file takes too long under linux-2.2.1 (also unSTOPable)
Couldn't this be handled purely in userspace with a modified rm?
Add a flag, --quick or --background to rm which causes it to
do the following:

1) Fork a child copy of itself
2) tell the child copy to open for read all files which are
about to be deleted (although this may run into the number of
possible open file descriptors problem)
3) the parent then performs a normal unlink on all the
files, which should be very fast because none of them will be
removed from the filesystem (since the child has them open)
4) the parent tells the child it is done and exits
5) the child closes each file or exits

This is slightly better than just rm file & because when the
prompt returns, the file does not exist in the filesystem


Matti Aarnio wrote:
> Sang Kang <> wrote:
> ....
> > For the removing speed issue, I remember there was a patch that can be
> > applied to 2.0.36 that speeds up a deletion process quite a bit (on
> > Linuxmama I believe). I don't know if there was any discussion whether
> > how safe it is, but I loved the patch.
> >
> > For the stopping issue, it has been my habit to suspend( = STOP) and do
> > 'bg' whenever I want to do something else immediately after issuing 'rm'.
> > I don't see why the foreground process 'rm' must be blocked since whenever
> > an 'rm' is issued, the kernel can simply launch a thread that removes
> > the inodes - there is no point of blocking the process.
> The criteria is not 'rm', like has been said here
> earlier, the criteria is loosing the last reference
> to the given file.
> Lets say, we have a large directory with lots of files
> to clean up, if each reference loss would cause a new
> thread to be created without bounds, we would soon have
> thousands of threads doing the deletes.
> Even if such a thing would give fast response speeds,
> there must be some limit at how many of them can be
> running at the same time.
> As the cleanups of small files would happen faster than
> cleanups of large files, thus presuming the count of large
> files to be deleted to be fairly small, one can guess that
> a limit around 10-20 deleter threads would be all what the
> doctor ordered. If the limit is exceeded, deleter blocks
> until the count comes down again (and then starts a new
> thread, and increments the count..)
> Would you write it ? It should be a general VFS-layer thing.
> > IMHO,
> > Sang Kang
> /Matti Aarnio <>
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