Squid and first-level subdirectories & second-level subdirectories on ext3/4
Squid, a proxy, is by its nature, storing large amounts of relatively
small files in it's cache.
As config optins it's offering:
# 'Level-1' is the number of first-level subdirectories which
# will be created under the 'Directory'. The default is 16.
# 'Level-2' is the number of second-level subdirectories which
# will be created under each first-level directory. The default
# is 256.
Meaning one has
/squid-cache/(16 dirs)/(256 dirs)/(the small files)
so the total number of small files in the cache is (hopefully) evenly
distributed to 16*256 directories.
But is that optimal for an ext3/4 filesystem? What is the point of
using 16 for the first level and 256 for the second?
Wouldn't 64*64 (which equals 16*256) be better when it comes to
finding the files on disk?
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