[rescue] Mozilla Firefox

Joshua Boyd jdboyd at jdboyd.net
Thu Apr 22 13:52:14 CDT 2004

On Thu, Apr 22, 2004 at 02:53:23PM -0400, Kevin Loch wrote:
> Joshua Boyd wrote:
> >On Thu, Apr 22, 2004 at 02:26:59PM -0400, Kevin Loch wrote:
> >If a modern computer (for values of modern that at least go back to SS2s
> >and 486s) can't fetch a file from disk faster than they can over a 1.5-2
> >megabit network connection, then there is something wrong.  Either the
> >computer is massively screwed up, or more likely the software is very
> >badly written.  Even with (or perhaps especially with) large caches
> >containing thousands of files.
> Try it on an Ultra 10 with IDE disk.  Try it on any computer with
> non SATA IDE.  Make sure you have lots of files in the cache
> before turning it off.

That is a poor test since we've already established that a lof of
Mozilla is crap.

I don't have a U10 handy, but I do have a U5 with IDE, and I can tell
you that programs other than web browsers can certainly load files from
disk faster than they can from the net work.

Looking in my mozilla cache, I see hundreds and hundreds of small files
in one directory.  Any competent unix person can tell you that is a bad
idea.  I believe that Jonathan P. can explain better methods for this
than I can.  But those better methods will generally involve splitting
the cache across several subdirectories.

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