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Subjectext2 directory size bug (?)
It this is a known thing, please don't kill me...
Hmm, gonna try to follow the REPORTING-BUGS file here...

[1.] One line summary of the problem:

directory size increases when adding 0-size files,
but doesn't decrease when removing them.

[2.] Full description of the problem/report:

when creating lots of 0-size files, the size of directory .
increases but when you delete those files, the directory size
doesn't decrease. the diskspace can only be freed when the
directory in question is removed. I know it's a stupid
bug/feature to report, but imagine someone creating lots of
files in /tmp. on some systems I know, /tmp is a small partition,
which would get filled up by that diskspace, and can only be
removed by removing /tmp

[3.] Keywords (i.e., modules, networking, kernel):

ext2 directory dir size

[4.] Kernel version (from /proc/version):

Linux version 2.2.17 (root@warp) (gcc version 2.95.2 20000220
(Debian GNU/Linux)) #1 Thu Nov 30 06:16:39 CET 2000

[5.] Output of Oops.. message (if applicable) with symbolic information
resolved (see Documentation/oops-tracing.txt)

No Oops message

[6.] A small shell script or example program which triggers the
problem (if possible)

#!/bin/bash

cd /tmp;
ls -ld .;
for i in `seq 1 3000`; do touch AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA$i; done
ls -ld .;
rm AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA* ;
ls -ld .;

[7.] Environment

[7.1.] Software (add the output of the ver_linux script here)

Linux warp 2.2.17 #1 Thu Nov 30 06:16:39 CET 2000 i686 unknown
Kernel modules 2.3.19
Gnu C 2.95.2
Binutils 2.10.91
Linux C Library 2.1.95
Dynamic linker ldd (GNU libc) 2.1.95
Procps 2.0.6
Mount 2.10o
Net-tools 2.05
Console-tools 0.2.3
Sh-utils 2.0i
Modules Loaded au8820

[7.2.] Processor information (from /proc/cpuinfo):

processor : 0
vendor_id : GenuineIntel
cpu family : 6
model : 6
model name : Celeron (Mendocino)
stepping : 5
cpu MHz : 434.325
cache size : 128 KB
fdiv_bug : no
hlt_bug : no
sep_bug : no
f00f_bug : no
coma_bug : no
fpu : yes
fpu_exception : yes
cpuid level : 2
wp : yes
flags : fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 mmx fxsr
bogomips : 865.08

[7.3.] Module information (from /proc/modules):

au8820 111120 3

[7.4.] SCSI information (from /proc/scsi/scsi)

none

[7.5.] Other information that might be relevant to the problem
(please look in /proc and include all information that you
think to be relevant):

my /tmp is on an ext2 partition

[X.] Other notes, patches, fixes, workarounds:

I wish, but I have 0 kernel programming experience

--
"An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of purge."

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