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SubjectRe: ext3/ext4 directories don't shrink after deleting lots of files
On May 14, 2009, at 8:32 PM, Josef Bacik wrote:

> On Thu, May 14, 2009 at 6:02 PM, Timo Sirainen <> wrote:
>> I've noticed that if you create e.g. 100k files to a directory and
>> then
>> delete the files, the directory entry still seems to take a couple of
>> megabytes. Later whenever accessing the (almost empty) directory it
>> can
>> take a few seconds to load it into cache.
>> Is there a way to shrink the directory somehow without having to
>> rmdir()
>> it? Would be nice if kernel did it automatically, but I could live
>> with
>> a manual userspace syscall/tool as well.
> fsck -D <device>, when its unmounted of course.

I was rather thinking something that I could run while the system was
fully operational. Otherwise just moving the files to a temp directory
+ rmdir() + rename() would have been fine too.

I just tested that xfs, jfs and reiserfs all shrink the directories
immediately. Is it more difficult to implement for ext* or has no one
else found this to be a problem?

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