Defrag - unmovable files

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16 years 2 weeks ago #12963 by max2
One for the computer buffs, but when you defrag your computer as part of your maintenance routine, what creates the 'green' unmovable files the system always seems to have?

Why can't they be joined (compacted) together?

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16 years 2 weeks ago #200259 by ame
Replied by ame on topic Defrag - unmovable files
I don't defrag my computer, because with Linux, I don't have to.

Here is an answer to your question:

answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20080424032838AATCC1u

Your Google-fu needs some work...

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16 years 2 weeks ago #200285 by max2
Replied by max2 on topic Defrag - unmovable files
Now that is a worry, I actually understood it!

Many thanks for the link Ame. :)

How does Linux work though if it doesn't involve "file and space storage"? (KISS please).

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16 years 2 weeks ago #200289 by ame
Replied by ame on topic Defrag - unmovable files
Remarkably, there is no magic. Linux doesn't do things in any kind of bizarre way. After all, you can run a number of different OSes on the same hardware so they must be doing some things similarly. I am not sure what you mean by "file and space storage". Probably some complex term to dress up something mundane.

Here is a reasonable explanation of why defragging is necessary, and why it isn't needed on Linux:

geekblog.oneandoneis2.org/index.php/2006...x_need_defragmenting

There are surely other explanations of how it works, but that one seems pretty clear.

Sorry, no KISSes, but I can slip you a wink if you like! [;)]

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16 years 2 weeks ago #200303 by max2
Replied by max2 on topic Defrag - unmovable files

ame;173370 wrote: I am not sure what you mean by "file and space storage". Probably some complex term to dress up something mundane.

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Me complex, nah, getting up of a morning is complex enough....[;)]

Thanks for the link though, it did help. :)

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