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Re: ls problem

----- Original Message -----
From: "Igor Pechtchanski" <>
To: "Carlo Florendo" <>
Cc: <>
Sent: Tuesday, November 19, 2002 8:56 AM
Subject: Re: ls problem

> Try running 'ls -l' first to pull the directory contents and the stat
> records for the files into memory, and then repeating both 'time ls' and
> 'time ls -l' commands, and see if that makes a difference in the timings.

Ok, done!  I actually repeated the operation many times.   However, there is
still considerable difference.  I'm wondering why "ls -l" is slower now than
my previous version of cygwin.  They're both using fileutils-4.1.1.   I try
the same thing in my linux box and doing "ls -l" doesn't take that slow.
It's only with this new version of cygwin that I experienced a slow response
to "ls -l".

> FYI, 'ls -l' is *supposed* to be slower, because it accesses more
> information.  On my machine (P3 700MHz running Win2k Pro SP3), the timings
> are as follows:
> On Tue, 19 Nov 2002, Carlo Florendo wrote:

That's right.  It's supposed to be slower because it accesses more
information but the speed should not be very signiicantly slower.
BTW, I'm using a P4 1.7GHz, Win2k.  My home PC is a P3 600MHz and it runs on
the older version of cygwin.  Doing an "ls -l" on the slower P3 PC with the
older version of cygwin is still faster than doing a "ls -l" on my P4 with
the newer version of cygwin.

What actually happens is that after ls prints the "total <number>", it
processes for a while--this is where the slower part begins, then outputs
the directory entries.  It takes more than 1 second to print the directory
entries.  Still any hints?

Thanks a lot!


Carlo Florendo
Astra (Philippines), Inc.

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