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Old 02-22-2004, 08:22 PM   #1
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Cool Looking for defragment software.


Is there any software that will defragment my drives for linux based systems?
 
Old 02-22-2004, 08:46 PM   #2
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why do you want to defrag? and try sourceforge.net
 
Old 02-22-2004, 08:50 PM   #3
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why not, will it not speed up my system performance?
 
Old 02-22-2004, 09:43 PM   #4
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Hey there!

Here is what I could find (Credit : http://www.linuxplanet.com/linuxplan...orials/3174/8/)

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Noncontiguous placement of blocks in a file is bad for performance, since
files are often accessed in a sequential manner. It forces the operating
system to split a disk access and the disk to move the head. This is called
"external fragmentation" or simply "fragmentation" and is a common problem
with MS-DOS file systems. In conjunction with the abysmal buffer cache used
by MS-DOS, the effects of file fragmentation on performance are very
noticeable. DOS users are accustomed to defragging their disks every few
weeks and some have even developed some ritualistic beliefs regarding
defragmentation.

None of these habits should be carried over to Linux and ext2. Linux native
file systems do not need defragmentation under normal use and this includes
any condition with at least 5% of free space on a disk. There is a
defragmentation tool for ext2 called defrag, but users are cautioned against
casual use. A power outage during such an operation can trash your file
system. Since you need to back up your data anyway, simply writing back from
your copy will do the job.
I'm sure this applies to other Linux filesystems as well.

HTH
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Old 02-22-2004, 09:50 PM   #5
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oops... dupe
 
Old 02-22-2004, 10:17 PM   #6
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Cool. thks Bean

Last edited by sjia; 02-22-2004 at 10:18 PM.
 
Old 02-22-2004, 11:37 PM   #7
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Well, I agree that there is no apparent need for defragmentation under ext2/ext3 filesystems...But, I can think of a situation where defragmentation becomes significant...and that is, when one wants to reduce the size of a partition....If the data is fragmented, reducing partition size may result in data loss...So if there was a decent defragmentation tool for linux based filesystems, we could carry out the resizing operation more confidently.......what do u guys think about that?

Regards,

amit
 
Old 02-22-2004, 11:47 PM   #8
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i think mybe you got yourself a project?, lol, and yea that should aply to other linux file systems, sence there not half as'ed like msdos's are, but there what? 4 main linux file systems concirered "native" then you got like otheres , like 12 or so you can use (like FS used on macs, or windows (i dono about ntfs write suport tho, i havent switched to the new kernel as i dont wanna waste tiem gathering up all the patches again, call me lazy)
 
Old 02-22-2004, 11:51 PM   #9
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Excellent idea. I did not know you could lose data if you resized your partition. I thought it would stop you to the point of the last info. But even this could pose a problem and not allow you to resize to a desired point.
 
  


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