Re: PATCH to pre-patch-2.1.45: clean_inode needs to reset

Theodore Y. Ts'o (tytso@MIT.EDU)
Sat, 12 Jul 1997 23:16:21 -0400

Date: Sun, 13 Jul 1997 01:52:34 +0200
From: Rob van Nieuwkerk <>

> Wake up, people.. Getting rid of dtime + the "n_link = 0" information
> would not make the filesystem any less secure, but it _would_ make it
> faster.

I guess this is the reason that expiring news (basically deleting lots of
files) is very slow on Linux/ext2fs ?

I actually very much doubt that the inode update is what is causing
expire to be slow. It may be part of the reason, but I suspect it's
only a very tiny part. See my previous post about why the inode update
probably isn't slowing down rm -rf.

- Ted