[CentOS] too many links error when creating directories

Bart Schaefer barton.schaefer at gmail.com
Fri Sep 28 06:04:24 UTC 2007

On 9/27/07, chitgoks <chitgoks at gmail.com> wrote:
> john yeah. a few images per directory (for now, maybe in the future more
> images). the directory name would point to the username.

The traditional way to deal with this would be to split up the
usernames alphabetically, e.g., make subdirectories of the top
directory for each of the 26 letters of the alphabet and then put the
directories matching the usernames in the subdirectory corresponding
to their first letter.


If you have more than 32000 users starting with any particular letter,
such as "s", then you do the same but with the first two letters:


Of course all of this is just a trivial case of a hashing algorithm
where the extra layers of directories correspond to hash buckets, so
you can switch to a more complex hash if you prefer.

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