December 2014 Archive


FILE SYSTEM MANAGEMENT AND OPTIMIZATION
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FILE SYSTEM MANAGEMENT AND OPTIMIZATION

Making the file system work is one thing; making it work efficiently and robustly in real life is another thing. In the following sections we will examine some of the issues involved in managing disks.

File System Backups
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File System Backups

Destruction of a file system is sometimes a far greater tragedy than destruction of a computer. If a computer is destroyed by fire, lightning surges, or a cup of coffee poured onto the keyboard, it is annoying and will cost money, but usually a replacement can be purchased with a

File System Consistency
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File System Consistency

Another area where reliability is an issue is file system consistency. Many file systems read blocks, modify them, and write them out later. If the system crashes before all the modified blocks have been written out, the file system can be left in an inconsistent state. This problem is

File System Performance
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File System Performance

Access to disk is much slower than access to memory. Reading a 32-bit memory word might take 10 nsec. Reading from a hard disk might proceed at 100 MB/sec, which is four times slower per 32-bit word, but to this must be added 5-10 msec to seek to the track and then wait for

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