Introducing fpart - a file partitioning tool
ganael.laplanche at martymac.org
Fri Jan 6 10:56:47 UTC 2012
Have you ever wondered how you could split a file tree into parts of the
same size, or into parts with a limited size or file number ?
I have developed a small BSD-licensed tool called fpart that can do that
for you (see http://contribs.martymac.org and
This small C program will crawl a given set of file or directory paths,
organize them and print resulting partitions. This can be useful to e.g.
launch several rsync(1) in parallel or store files on media of limited size.
Here are some examples :
1) Produce 3 partitions, with (approximatively) the same size and number
of files :
$ fpart -n 3 -o var-parts /var
2) Produce partitions of 4.4 GB, containing music files ready to be
burnt to a DVD :
$ fpart -s 4724464025 -o music-parts /path/to/my/music
3) Produce partitions containing 10000 files each by examining /usr and
$ find /usr ! -type d | ./fpart -f 10000 -i - /home | grep '^0:'
The tool is already available in ports (sysutils/fpart) but has also
successfully been used on GNU/Linux.
PS : comment and patches are, of course, welcome :)
Ganael LAPLANCHE <ganael.laplanche at martymac.org>
http://www.martymac.org | http://contribs.martymac.org
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