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Re: 2GB of Waste? How can it be?



On Tue, Feb 05, 2002 at 01:26:29AM -0000, matt dickinson wrote:
> <snip>
> > That requires changing very sensitive data, and could easily 
> > result in data
> > corruption. You'd also increase fragmentation.
> </snip>
> 
> Is it possible to defrag(ment)?

Utilities exist for such a purpose (look on http://freshmeat.net), but
little purpose exists for them. Unix filesystems by their very nature
resist fragmentation very strongly. It is not uncommon for even a very full,
very heavily used filesystem to keep its fragmentation under 15%. Also,
because of advanced read-ahead, disk buffers, and file caches, Unix also
tends to be much less affected by fragmentation than, say, M$ Windoze of
any variety.

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-- Skylar Thompson (skylar attglobal net)

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