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    SubjectRe: multiply files in one (was GNU/Linux stance by Richard Stallman)

    On Mon, 29 Mar 1999, Larry McVoy wrote:

    > : > If you have 200 small files and you have to go get 200 inodes and
    > : > 200 blocks to read them in, the inodes and the blocks aren't next to
    > : > each other, that's 400 disk transactions instead of 1.
    > :
    > : OK, so please explain the scale of what you have in mind. How big is
    > : the compressed tarball, and how big is it uncompressed?
    > :
    > : Do you plan on having a large FS (say /usr) stored in this way, or are
    > : you thinking of a selected subset?
    > Do it on a per directory basis, only for files where links == 1.

    Yes, sir? What will you do on link()? rename()?

    > I wouldn't bother to compress - just putting all the files into a ``tarball''
    > will compress them quite nicely because of the lack of fragmentation.

    Until you'll start to do any namespace-modifying operations. Or simply
    to change the length of files in question.

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