Too many files

Peter Samuelson peter at
Sun Jun 4 12:35:54 GMT 2000

[Igor Morgado <igor at>]
> I have a directory called A, shared as A, and in A there is 210000
> (yes two hundred and ten thousand) files, with 115K each one, there
> is biggers and smallers, but.... And when I try see one of these
> files I wait 8 minutes.

This is one of the main reasons reiserfs was written.  Directories this
large are horribly inefficient in most filesystems, ext2fs included.


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