# [EMAIL PROTECTED] / 2003-01-02 09:01:27 -0500:
> I'm considering setting up my server as a mirror site for the freedb.org
> lookup database.  Unfortunately, I've seem to have run into a stumbling
> block.  The server app requires over 250,000 files in a single directory.
> Each file is about 2k in size.
> 
> It was a surprise to me (but probably not to those on this list) that the
> file system does not handle that many files in an expeditious manner (I'm
> being kind here). 
> 
> Is there anything I can do so that the file system works faster with such a
> large number of files?  I'm looking for an increase in the area of 5 to 1.
>  For example, the command "rm -rf misc" where "misc" is the directory
> containing the 250,000 files takes a couple of hours to run.  If "misc" is
> my current working directory, and I type "rm *" I get the message that
> there are too many arguments being passed into rm.
> 
> Some details:
> FreeBSD 4.5, dmesg below.
> Filesystem containing the files: /dev/da0s1f on /usr (ufs, local, with
> quotas)

    would this help? (I don't know if this was available in 4.5, look in
    your /sys/i386/conf/LINT)

    roman@freepuppy ~ 1003:0 > grep -B2 DIRHASH /sys/i386/conf/LINT
    # Directory hashing improves the speed of operations on very large
    # directories at the expense of some memory.
    options         UFS_DIRHASH

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