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SubjectRe: [Bug 417] New: htree much slower than regular ext3
On 7 Mar 2003, Alex Tomas wrote:

> The problem is that getdents(2) returns inodes out of order and
> du causes many head seeks. I tried to solve the problem by patch
> I included in. The idea of the patch is pretty simple: just try
> to sort dentries by inode number in readdir(). It works because
> inodes sits at fixed places in ext2/ext3. Please, look at results
> I just got:

Any change in the order of dentries returned is likely to run into problem
when seeking in a directory. Given that readdir() is usully followed by
either zero or many stat()s, perhaps when the first stat() comes along you
could pre-read the inodes in optimal order and cace them. However you
tuned the size of your sort should work exactly as well as the size of the
pre-read.

This seems consistent with readahead and AS disk io.

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bill davidsen <davidsen@tmr.com>
CTO, TMR Associates, Inc
Doing interesting things with little computers since 1979.

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