I am currently planning an FTP-based service which requires a custom application to run which will create hundreds (if not thousands) of symlinks in various directories per hour. There will probably also be a cronjob running to delete symlinks periodically.

The main purpose of the server will be medium to heavy traffic FTP serving.

So my question is; how does such activity affect the general health and operation of FreeBSD? Also, the health of the harddrive(s) which will most likely be SATA disks. It is my understanding that symlinks only affects the file allocation table, and not the physical data blocks? This would mean that the impact isn't so terrible, as the changes will be contained to a relatively small part of the beginning of the disk, correct?


Dag Rune Sneeggen
Romolslia 23B
7029 Trondheim
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