[CentOS] GFS and Small Files

Alfred von Campe alfred at von-campe.com
Wed Apr 29 16:27:07 UTC 2009

On Apr 29, 2009, at 8:35, William L. Maltby wrote:
> One thing to keep in mind is that ls must sort the file list. If the
> system load is high and memory is short, you may be getting into a  
> swap
> situation. I suggest trying the test when the system is lightly loaded
> to see if the results differ. This might be especially significant if
> you have a large number of concurrent users doing lots of things.

If sorting is the issue, what happens if you do an "ls -1U" (one file  
per line and unsorted)?  Is that a lot faster?


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