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Re: disk defragmenting

On Friday 15 October 2004 07:31 am, robin wrote:
> Mike Chandler wrote:
> >On Friday 15 October 2004 06:49 am, Tshepang Lekhonkhobe wrote:
> >>Hello,
> >>Is there any defragmenting tool in any distro, and if not why? Thanks!!!
> >
> >Nope, not needed.
> There are lots of hits on google for this one being:
> http://www.spinics.net/lists/linux-admin/msg00513.html
> If you are running the ext2 file system It seems only to be a possible
> issue when the disk becomes very full. There is a deb package defrag,
> description below:
> ext2, minix and xiafs filesystem defragmenter
> As a file system is used, data tends to become more and more
> scattered across the disk, degrading performance.  A disk
> defragmenter simply re-organises the data on the disk, so that
> individual files occupy a single sequential set of disk blocks,
> and all the free space on the disk is collected together in a
> single region. This generally means that reading a whole file
> is faster, and disk accesses in general are more efficient.
Ok, you're right and I am wrong.
I've never heard of that, never had the need for it, and don't run ext2 
The last I heard (some time ago) was Linux didn't need defrag, so never 
thought about it again. Must have gotten some bad information?

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