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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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