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    SubjectRe: [Ext2-devel] disk throughput

    On Mon, 5 Nov 2001, Linus Torvalds wrote:
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    > A five-time slowdown on real work _is_ pure hell. You've not shown a
    > credible argument that the slow-growth behaviour would ever result in a
    > five-time slowdown for _anything_.

    There might also be heuristics that explicitly _notice_ slow growth, not
    necessarily as a function of time, but as a function of the tree structure
    itself.

    For example, spreading out (and the inherent assumption of "slow growth")
    might make sense for the root directory, and possibly for a level below
    that. It almost certainly does _not_ make sense for a directory created
    four levels down.

    Linus

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