Linked by Eugenia Loli on Sat 19th Aug 2006 00:55 UTC
Linux "It's a question that crops up with depressing regularity: Why don't Linux filesystems need to be defragmented?. Here's my attempt at answering once and for all. Rather than simply stumble through lots of dry technical explanations, I'm opting to consider that an ASCII picture is worth a thousand words." Read the explanatin here. Elsewhere, "Why is Linux Successful?"
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Pointless article
by axeld on Sat 19th Aug 2006 12:14 UTC
axeld
Member since:
2005-07-07

While it's true that you can lower the fragmentation with a smarter file system allocation policy (unlike FAT32 *and* NTFS), you shouldn't believe anyone who tries to tell you something doesn't need defragmentation tools.
That's just not true, and shows a big misunderstanding of the subject, no matter how many ASCII graphics he throws at you :-)

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RE: Pointless article
by AlexandreAM on Sat 19th Aug 2006 16:13 in reply to "Pointless article"
AlexandreAM Member since:
2006-02-06

While I am no file system expert, I tend to credit the article in what he says: He never says filesystems with smart fs allocation policy doesn't need defrag tools, he just says that it is stronger than fat, and describes a situation where the framentation would occur... I don't know ... seems okay to me... perhaps it is just my ignorance on the subject, though.

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RE[2]: Pointless article
by maffoo on Sat 19th Aug 2006 16:22 in reply to "RE: Pointless article"
maffoo Member since:
2006-08-19

I agree with you alexandream - he set out to give us less-techy people an overview, and IMHO he succeeded. I personally found the simplified model of a filesystem was more useful than a complicated description of how filesystems work.

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RE[2]: Pointless article
by axeld on Sat 19th Aug 2006 18:04 in reply to "RE: Pointless article"
axeld Member since:
2005-07-07

Unfortunately, his article wasn't titled "Why FAT needs to be defragmented more often than other file systems" - I haven't criticized his explanation, but the conclusion he made with the title and in the text as well is just wrong.

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