On Sun, Nov 09, 2008 at 11:02:07AM -0500, Robert Huff wrote: > > Wojciech Puchar writes: > > > the limit is 32765, just because link count is 2 bytes wide and > > each subdir adds two to base directory. you have to change to 2 > > level hierarchy. > > Question (for anyone who has an informed opinion): > If there any technical reason that couldn't be expanded to 32 > bits? Or is it possible but not done for historical or > policy reasons, and if so what are they?
It probably could be expanded to 32 bits if that was deemed useful. Doing that would of course require re-creating any existing filesystems since the on-disk format would change, which would be a PITA for users, but certainly possible. It is rare that anybody actually encounter this limit however. I would even say that if you have more than a couple of thousand entries in a single directory, then you are probably doing something wrong. Personally I cannot think of any situation where one would actually want (let alone need) as many as 30000 or more subdirectories in a single directory. -- <Insert your favourite quote here.> Erik Trulsson [EMAIL PROTECTED] _______________________________________________ firstname.lastname@example.org mailing list http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-questions To unsubscribe, send any mail to "[EMAIL PROTECTED]"