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Re: Disk Defragmentatio

On (08/05/06 14:52), IraqiGeek wrote:
> On Monday, May 08, 2006 4:13 PM GMT,
> Arafangion <thestar@fussycoder.id.au> wrote:
> >IraqiGeek wrote:
> >
> >>Hi all,
> >>
> >>I want to defragment my debian partition (the entire system is
> >>installed in one partition). Googling around, I found references to
> >>the unstable and oldstable defrag packages, however, when searching
> >>through aptitude, and through apt-cache I couldn't find any packages
> >>that can do this. BTW, I am running debian etch.
> >
> >The first question is why do you want to defragment it? In the long
> >run, it won't make much difference, and Linux distros fragment much
> >less than windows does (Unless MS has improved in that regard).
> >
> I know that, but I'm running a pair of debian etch boxes over vmware, and 
> the disk images have grown to almost tripple the size of the actual 
> installation. I want to reclaim the 3+ GBs on the partition (I'm running a 
> bit short on disk space), and in order for the vmware utility to compact 
> the image, I need to defrag the filesystem first.

You could try copying or rsync'ing the files to another file system,
erase them from the original location and then copy them back.



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