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
32000 entries).

In other words, if you ever expect to have more than 32000 objects, a flat 
space simply isn't possible.

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