Directory file limts

Dmitry Mityugov dmitry.mityugov at
Thu Oct 13 11:18:20 UTC 2005

On 10/13/05, Magnus Therning <magnus at> wrote:
> On Thu, Oct 13, 2005 at 12:25:08PM +0200, Duncan Anderson wrote:
> >Greetings
> >
> >Can someone tell me if there is a limit to the number of files in a
> >directory, and if so what is it? Or is the answer to this question
> >dependent on what file system is being used?
> I've never heard of a maximum number of files in a directory at all. Not
> on any system or filesystem... is there a max in some fs that you know
> of?

IIRC, was (and probably still is) not possible to create more than 128
files in a root directory in FAT16 :-)

Dmitry Mityugov, St. Petersburg, Russia
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