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Re: [Gnu-arch-users] update: win32 port

From: Stewart Smith
Subject: Re: [Gnu-arch-users] update: win32 port
Date: Mon, 09 Feb 2004 13:32:41 +1100

On Thu, 2004-02-05 at 12:44, Johannes Berg wrote:
> Unfortunately its quite slow. All the file name mangling for each access
> to the file system is slow, and the file-system appears to be pretty
> slow as well compared to linux.

Yes, NTFS is as slow as shite - In Dominic Giampaolo's book (File System
design with the Be File System), he did some performance tests between
ext2, XFS (on IRIX), BeFS and NTFS. NTFS came up pretty consistently at
nearly 1/2 the raw disk performance, while the others were much closer
to 100% (in the 90s usually).

There's not much that can really be done about it - ntfs is just slow
and awful. Plus there's also the fact that NT's disk caching has largely
been a joke for a number of years.

the solution is "get a better file system", but it's one that windows
users cannot (easily) take.

Stewart Smith (address@hidden)

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