Mailstore filesystem

John Madden jmadden at
Wed Jul 5 08:48:23 EDT 2006

On Tue, 2006-07-04 at 21:58 +0200, Marten Lehmann wrote:
> > I think this is because reiserfs is better handling a lot of small
> > files, while ext3 performes better with a few big files.
> Is it possible that you are working with a fairly old linux 
> distribution? Today's ext3 shouldn't have these issues any longer, 
> otherwise Redhat wouldn't ship it as the only supported filesystem with 
> its Enterprise distributions. A modern 2.6er ext3 has indexes and 
> b-trees on top of the common ext3-layer, so even big directories 
> shouldn't be a problem any more.

How big?  ext3 STILL only supports 32000 directories within a directory.
That gets to be quite a problem on large installs.


John Madden
Sr. UNIX Systems Engineer
Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana
jmadden at

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