[Bulk] [opensuse] defrag

Hal Burgiss hal at burgiss.net
Sun Feb 14 19:11:41 UTC 2010

On Sun, Feb 14, 2010 at 11:01:41AM -0500, J wrote:
> Perhaps the average user or even the small - medium sized enterprise
> user may never see a problem, a large scale implementation could,
> possibly see performance issues due files being either fragmented (not
> so much a concern) or non-linearized (pointed out in one of the links
> I provided).

I my day job I babysit a handful of Linux servers used primarily for web
hosting. I don't ever recall any serious optimization recommendation that
even mentions defragging. At least with regard to Apache or MySQL. MySQL
especially is heavily disk IO bound. 

> Either way, I hardly think that the debate over whether or not to
> defragment ext*, XFS, JFS, or other Linux/Unix filesystems is at the
> same level as countries going to war to solve non-existent problems.

Not really equating the two. Just observing that if disinformation exists at
that level, its certainly possible to happen in lesser situations. 
> However, "In the days following the Filesystem Wars, one emerged alone
> above the tattered remains..." ;-)  Sounds like the making of a good
> movie <grin>

I like it. Real possibilities there! 


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