[CentOS] GFS and Small Files

Filipe Brandenburger filbranden at gmail.com
Wed Apr 29 20:35:18 UTC 2009


On Wed, Apr 29, 2009 at 08:35, William L. Maltby
<CentOS4Bill at triad.rr.com> wrote:
> One thing to keep in mind is that ls must sort the file list.

Not only sorting, but usually "ls" ends up trying to find out if the
file is a directory, which uses a "stat" syscall for each of the

This is always expensive on remote filesystems (e.g., NFS) and I would
expect it to be also the case in GFS.

Besides the "-U" option of "ls", you might want to look at other
options that would make "ls" not try to "stat" each file. I'm not sure
exactly which of them, but one I can think of is disabling color
(since color will trigger a "stat" to find if the file is a

In general, having directories with a huge number of files tends to be
a bad idea, you will most likely have performance bottlenecks with
specific filesystems or tools. If possible, try to change the
application to create two or three levels of directories using a hash
on the filename and then creating directories with a small number of
files on each of them.


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