Max files in unix folder from PIL process
david at fielden.com.au
Tue Mar 29 07:46:13 CEST 2005
David Pratt wrote:
> Hi. I am creating a python application that uses PIL to generate
> thumbnails and sized images. It is beginning to look the volume of
> images will be large. This has got me to thinking. Is there a number
> that Unix can handle in a single directory. I am using FreeBSD4.x at the
> moment. I am thinking the number could be as high 500,000 images in a
> single directory but more likely in the range of 6,000 to 30,000 for
> most. I did not want to store these in Postgres. Should this pose a
> problem on the filesystem? I realize less a python issue really but I
> though some one might have an idea on the list.
FreeDB (CD database) stores one file per CD in one directory per
category. The "misc" category/directory on my FreeBSD 5.3 system
currently contains around 481,571 small files. The "rock"
directory/category contains 449,208 files.
As some have said, ls is *very* slow on these directories, but otherwise
there don't seem to be any problems.
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