On Wed, 13 Apr 2005, H. Peter Anvin wrote:
> Actually, the subdirectory hack has the same effect, so you lose
> regardless. Doesn't mean that you can't construct cases where the
> subdirectory hack doesn't win, but I maintain that those are likely to
> be artificial.
I'll tell you why a flat object directory format simply isn't an option.
Hint: maximum directory size. It's limited by n_link, and it's almost
universally a 16-bit number on Linux (and generally artifically limited to
In other words, if you ever expect to have more than 32000 objects, a flat
space simply isn't possible.
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