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SubjectRe: [bk patch] Make cardbus compile in -pre4
William Stearns wrote:
> Good day, Larry,
> On Sat, 9 Feb 2002, Larry McVoy wrote:
>>On Sat, Feb 09, 2002 at 01:01:34PM -0800, David Lang wrote:
>>>do you have a script that can go back after the fact and see what can be
>>>I'm thinking specififcly of the type of thing that will be happening to
>>>your server where you have a bunch of people putting in a clone of one
>>>tree who will probably not be doing a clone -l to set it up, but who could
>>>have and you want to clean up after the fact (and perhapse again on a
>>>periodic basis, becouse after all of these trees apply a changeset from
>>>linus they will all have changed (breaking the origional hardlinks) but
>>>will still be duplicates of each other.
>>We don't, but we can, and we should. "bk relink tree1 tree2" seems like
>>the right interface.
>>Right now we aren't too worried about the disk space, the data is sitting
>>on a pair of 40GB drives and we're running the trees in gzip mode, so they
>>are 75MB each. But yes, it's a good idea, we should do it, and probably
>>should figure out some way to make it automatic. I'll add it to the
>>(ever growing) list, thanks.
> Larry, I'll save you the time.
> "freedups -a -d /some/dir [/other/dirs]" will look for identical
> files (the -d requires dates to be equal as well as the content) and
> hardlink them. It's not terribly efficient, but works marvelously well.
> Run it from cron once a week or so, perhaps?
> Cheers,
> - Bill

Not terribly efficient? That's a bit of an understatement :-)
The findup component of fslint is MUCH quicker, and it's
also written in bash. A quick test against two 2.4.17 trees gives:

1m36s for ./findup /usr/src/linux[12] | ./fstool/mergeDup
18m17s for ./freedups -a /usr/src/linux[12]

Note mergeDup was a quick hack and took 1m30s of findup's time!
I'm going to rewrite it in python ASAP to help with this.

You can download the current version of fslint from


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