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Re: Sharded FSFS repositories - summary

From: John Peacock <jpeacock_at_rowman.com>
Date: 2007-03-15 20:47:10 CET

Greg Hudson wrote:
> This is a little nitpicky, but if Explorer is taking a long time to
> display a directory, there's a good chance it is spending most of its
> time doing UI operations (composing widgets), not FS operations.

Nah, you are underestimating how stupid Explorer is. What takes such a
long time is that Explorer opens every single file in the directory,
trying to find an icon resource (since the files have no extensions,
Explorer can't cheat). I suspect that simply renaming the revs files
with an extension under Windows would speed up Explorer (though NTFS
will still suck).

Of course, knowing this, as a rule I never open large directories in
Explorer, but use a Command Prompt instead. It's still painfully slow
to get a directory here, because DIR insists on sorting the files
(rather than returning them in filesystem order).


John Peacock
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