Thanks Dan.. However, this does not appear to be happening... I could of course create a new directory and move everything into it as was suggested earlier. However, this is more of a curiosity thing than anything.. I'm wondering if at any point the entry does become truncated, because it hasn't happened yet, even after the creation of files.

The OS release is: 5.2-CURRENT from May 12th

Jason DiCioccio

--On Tuesday, May 25, 2004 10:42:42 -0500 Dan Nelson <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:

In the last episode (May 25), Jason DiCioccio said:
I know this question may seem silly..  However, here's my scenario.

I have a very large directory (say, a mail spool) whose directory entry
is  approx 606K..
drwx------  5 cyrus  cyrus  606208 May 25 10:29 .
Now.. That directory had a lot of files in it.  However, after deleting
all  of the files in that directory, the directory entry's size stays
the same.  I realize this is fairly unimportant, however is there a way
to 'garbage  collect' that directory entry and all others like it?

Create another file in the directory, and you'll see it shrink down. The truncation code is in the file create codepath, not the delete one (which means it's not constantly trying to shrink the directory as you delete files).

        Dan Nelson

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