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[ale] Fragmentation (was M$ Standing on a bridge)

XFS has had a defragger for years, and it is designed to work with
large media files.

Maybe you should check it out.

On Tue, Dec 30, 2008 at 2:55 PM, Brian Pitts <brian at polibyte.com> wrote:
> On Tue, 2008-12-30 at 11:31 -0500, Charles Shapiro wrote:
>> Thanksgiving, he was running that weird rewrite-the-whole-disk thing
>> that windows seems to require periodically
> In all fairness, I've managed to terribly fragment an ext3 filesystem by
> filling it to capacity with large files. E.G.
> $ sudo filefrag afile
> afile: 48288 extents found, perfection would be 19 extents
> Soon I cleared out a lot of space. However there's no good way to
> defragment, just the copying files trick. I'm looking forward to
> converting to ext4 and trying out e4defrag, since all the seeks really
> hurt i/o performance.
> -Brian
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