very slow deletions on ext3 USB drive

Karl Auer kauer at
Fri Sep 18 12:50:12 UTC 2009

On Fri, 2009-09-18 at 06:31 -0600, Karl F. Larsen wrote:
> > [snipped Karls advice to copy everything to a new drive and format the
> > original - not entirely sure what this was supposed to achieve other
> > than moving data unnecessarily]
> 	Your advice is way too complex. I know how to do it with my advice.

Your answer did not address my problem.

My question was not about "how to delete stuff", it was about "how to
delete stuff faster". Copying a file from one drive to another,
particularly across a relatively slow link such as USB, is always going
to be slower than just deleting the file.

Steve's advice was precisely what I was looking for.

Regards, K.

Karl Auer (kauer at                   +61-2-64957160 (h)                  +61-428-957160 (mob)

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