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SubjectRe: very poor ext3 write performance on big filesystems?
On Mon, Feb 18, 2008 at 09:16:41AM -0500, Theodore Tso wrote:
> ext3 tries to keep inodes in the same block group as their containing
> directory. If you have lots of hard links, obviously it can't really
> do that, especially since we don't have a good way at mkdir time to
> tell the filesystem, "Psst! This is going to be a hard link clone of
> that directory over there, put it in the same block group".

Hmm, you think such a hint interface would be worth it?

> > What has helped a bit was to recreate the file system with -O^dir_index
> > dir_index seems to cause more seeks.
> Part of it may have simply been recreating the filesystem, not


> necessarily removing the dir_index feature. Dir_index speeds up
> individual lookups, but it slows down workloads that do a readdir

But only for large directories right? For kernel source like
directory sizes it seems to be a general loss.


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