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Panic! UNIX® System Crash Dump Analysis by Kimberley Brown, Chris Drake

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Chapter 22. File Systems

A file system is a formal, structured way of organizing data on some sort of medium, like a disk. You want to be able to rapidly find the information you’ve put out there and access it efficiently. The format of the file system may depend on the type of disk, the speed of access, or the kind of data you have stored there. If you’ve got a disk full of video clips or sound files, it might be advisable to arrange them in contiguous files so the data transfer will be as fast as possible. If the disk is going to be used for a bulletin board or news system, you need to optimize it to handle lots of very short files that will be updated or replaced frequently. SunOS has various types of file systems that it understands, but from ...

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