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Re: Disk Defragmentatio

On Monday 08 May 2006 08:52 am, 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.
> And no M$ hasnt improved in that regard.
> Regards,
> IraqiGeek
> www.iraqigeek.com
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I'm pretty sure VMWare has a utility / function (called "shrink" maybe?) that 
restores the file size on the host to the guest filesystem size.

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