slow handling of large sets of files?

Brian Bruns
Tue Feb 1 20:27:00 GMT 2005

On Tuesday, February 01, 2005 3:22 PM [EST], Ken Sheldon wrote:
> More information:
> Not only Cygwin apps incur this large performance penalty.
> Something similar happens with the cmd.exe prompt command "DIR",
> with the windows file explorer, or with IIS (FTP server).  This
> only seems to happen in the directory structures created by my
> CygWin scripts (using apps: tar, wget, cp)

Severe fragmentation of the MFT on NTFS volumes can cause this.  As
Cygwin tends to generate alot of directory entries and files for its
filesystem layout, this would be more pronounced there.  Try something
like Raxco Perfect Disk (its got a 30 day trial), and defrag your disk
completely.  See if it helps.

Brian Bruns
The Summit Open Source Development Group  /

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