Michael A. Smith
msmith at code-fu.com
Wed Jan 7 19:49:44 PST 2004
> How can I defragment my HDD partitions in FreeBSD?
As I understand it, instead of writing instantly to disk (breaking
things up to do so, a la Windows), FreeBSD (and Linux, Solaris, etc...)
caches disk writes until a proper place on the disk can be found.
This is why it can be disastrous to just shut off a FreeBSD system (i.e.
pull the plug). A proper shutdown insures all the not-yet-written things
get written to disk.
Welcome to the brave new world of FreeBSD. Cheers!
Michael A. Smith <msmith at code-fu.com>
Programmer at Large
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