Orignal post below.
THe resounding answers ahve been that it is dependent on the number of
inodes on a filesystem - but I believe that this a misinterpretation of
I was not looking for the limit of the number of files on an FS, but on
the number of files in a directory. Two answers receved that helped:
>From Arthur Darren Dunham:
- facet of the way UFS stores directory info with btrees. The actaul info
I can't summarize with any respect to Mr. Dunham until I've read more.
>From gabriel rosenkoetter:
- POints out that directory files grow dynamically, and therefore the
file size limitation should be the theoretical restraint. (2 gigs on old
solaris, 16T (WOW big dir) on new solaris)
Thanks to everyone who responded to this somewhat inane question!
On Mon, 14 Aug 2000, Theodore Q. Tickell wrote:
> I know this isn't the most intelligent question to hit this list, and I
> can think of countless practical limitations, but this is concerning the
> actaul limit of the number of files in a directory uner solaris 2.x in a
> theoretical basis.
> The question: what creates that limitation? The best idea we've been
> kicking around is that you've got a file size limitation on the directory
> file, and at some point (variable depending on file name lengths) you run
> out of space. Is this right? Is there more to the equation?
> Just blatant curiousity - thanks!
> Ted Tickell
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