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Re: New Package: defrag 0.6-1

On Sat, 9 Nov 1996, Christoph Lameter wrote:

> On Sat, 9 Nov 1996, David Engel wrote:
> david >Christoph Lameter writes:
> david >> Package: defrag
> david >> Architecture: i386
> david >> Depends: ${shlibs:Depends}
> david >> Description: defragmenter for ext2 minix xiafs file systems
> david >>  As a file system is used, data tends to become more and more scattered
> david >>  over the disk, degrading performance.  A disk defragmenter simply
> david >>  reorganises the data on the disk, so that individual files occupy a
> david >>  single sequential set of disk blocks, and all the free space on the
> david >>  disk is collected together in a single region.  This generally means
> david >>  that reading a whole file is more efficient.
> david >
> david >Defrag-0.6 is over two years old!  Are you sure it's still safe to use
> david >on current ext2 file systems?
> I think defrag is an essential tool although there are grounds for concern
> since it does not compile under 2.0.24. Somebody recently uploaded a
> compiled version to sunsite and seems to have had success using it. The
> defrag package I submitted are the binaries of his compile.
> Is there any section for packages that have one or the other strange
> characteristic?
> Here is his readme:
> This a compiled version of defrag-0.6.............
> CAUTION Will Robinson DANGER...DANGER...
> These should be ELF binaries... It was compiled under Linux 1.2.13 with
> GCC 2.7.0. and libc.so.5.0.9.  This is the only know version of Linux
> that I know of that compiles cleanly.  It works on my Linux box with
> versions 1.2.13 thru 2.0.24 as of 10/30/96.

It didn't like my system but then my drives use 4k blocks and not 1k
blocks, when I created my Ext2 file systems on them. I think that's why
it barfed.

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