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    SubjectRe: e2fs + large disk == slug?

    On Mon, 15 Jun 1998, Mark Lehrer wrote:

    > I am not a filesystem expert, but I would like to understand what
    > makes e2fs slow on my 4.5 gig partition; and if someone is working on
    > performance and would like some help, please holler. Some slow
    > operations, kernel 2.0.34:
    >
    > 1) removing 500 megs of files took 30 seconds.

    This will be just as slow on a 600M filesystem...
    If there are a lot of files, it's going to take a rather
    long time to remove them. (Just try this under Windows:)

    On my 120mhz HP-UX system this same operation on the same set of files
    with the same model disk drive only takes a few seconds; whereas with
    my 200MHz PPro Linux system it takes five to ten times as long...

    Is it possible to optimize this?

    > 2) fsck of course.

    Fsck takes extremely long because it has to cross-reference
    all the inode and directory data...

    Yes, this is probably unavoidable...

    Thanks,
    Mark

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