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Re: Mail problem (messages lost) at debian.org

* Steinar H. Gunderson:

> On Wed, Oct 06, 2004 at 03:12:33PM +0200, Florian Weimer wrote:
>> The most common performance issue with ext3 file systems is caused by
>> software that accesses files in the order returned by readdir.  Has
>> this been ruled out?
> What other, sane alternatives are there? Should the list be sorted by some
> measure?

Sorting by inode number is a good idea.  Debian's mutt package
contains a patch which implements this.

> (Alphabetically? By some hash? What about other file systems, like
> ReiserFS, which sorts internally by other hashes?)

Sorting by inode number helps ext2 as well, but only a bit.  Only file
systems with random inode numbers will experience a performance

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