Re: Directories > 2GB

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On Mon, Oct 09, 2006 at 04:53:02PM -0500, Steve Lord wrote:
> You might want to think about keeping the directory a little
> more contiguous than individual disk blocks. XFS does have
> code in it to allocate the directory in chunks larger than
> a single file system block. It does not get used on linux
> because the code was written under the assumption you can
> see the whole chunk as a single piece of memory which does not
> work to well in the linux kernel.

This code is enabled and seems to work in Linux. I don't know if it
passes xfsqa  so I don't know how reliable this feature is. TO check
it all I did was run a quick test on a x86_64 kernel (4k page
size) using 16k directory blocks (4 pages):

# mkfs.xfs -f -n size=16384 /dev/ubd/1
# xfs_db -r -c "sb 0" -c "p dirblklog" /dev/ubd/1
dirblklog = 2
# mount /dev/ubd/1 /mnt/xfs
# for i in `seq 0 1 100000`; do touch fred.$i; done
# umount /mnt/xfs
# mount /mnt/xfs
# ls /mnt/xfs |wc -l
# rm -rf /mnt/xfs/*
# ls /mnt/xfs |wc -l
# umount /mnt/xfs


Dave Chinner
Principal Engineer
SGI Australian Software Group
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