jonc at nc.rr.com
Tue Aug 28 20:25:04 EDT 2001
On a system with *large* files that fills up fairly often, you will suffer
some fragmented files; however, if you have a fairly large drive that never
fills up, then you will never (or rarely) end up with fragmented files. As
an example, our company's main file server has been accumulating files for
well over two years now and has less than 2% fragmentation.
I used to worry about fragmentation, and kept an eye on it for quite
awhile, but since it was never a problem, I've scratched it off my list (at
least for my Linux servers...)
YMMV, so worry if you want to, or just get some large drives and hum
quietly with a smile on your face...
On Tuesday 28 August 2001 19:20, Rev. Christian J Hedemark wrote:
> Randy said:
> > No, you don't need to defrag. But I can't point to a reference at the
> This IBM article would tend to disagree:
> The ext2fs tools homepage has a defrag tool.
> There are many other sources on the subject. At best, ext2 can be
> described as "fragmentation resistent". If you keep a lot of larger
> files you're more likely to need the help of periodic defragmentation.
> Most people will not need it. Engineering shops, like my former
> employer, has need of periodic defragmentation as individual files could
> be 1 or 2 GB in size and readily fragment on ext2.
> Reverend Christian J Hedemark II
> Hillsborough, NC
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