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  • Windows vs Linux TAR files

    I'm not sure if Phoronix is the best place to ask this but here goes.

    Can anyone explain to me why a 4MB tar file with around 2000 small files in it takes up to 12 seconds to extract in windows 7 64-bit (I have tried 7zip and the windows GNU Tar port ) on a Xeon 3Ghz 6 core, 12GB memory machine

    And yet is almost instant on a Ubuntu Linux 64-bit machine with a Dual core AMD 3Ghz, 8GB ram.

    Surely windows can't really be that bad at creating new files on the file system can it?

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    AFAIK this is due to ext4 vs NTFS. NTFS plain simply sucks on Windows. I haven't tried it myself, but I hear that this is the reason Minecraft has much faster loading times on Linux (many small files).

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    • #3
      Originally posted by d2kx View Post
      AFAIK this is due to ext4 vs NTFS. NTFS plain simply sucks on Windows. I haven't tried it myself, but I hear that this is the reason Minecraft has much faster loading times on Linux (many small files).
      I was thinking that could be it but I just cant believe that NTFS is really that slow. I forgot to add that the Windows machine I tried it on has both a raid setup and a SSD and neither made a difference. While my Ubuntu machine just has a plain old hard drive.

      Oh well I guess its another reason to tell my boss why we should be using linux.

      Edit: I also tried using a RAM Drive application that made a virtual Fat32 disk drive in RAM and it was still very slow almost unchanged from the real disk drives.
      Last edited by timothyja; 02-27-2013, 06:54 AM.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by d2kx View Post
        AFAIK this is due to ext4 vs NTFS. NTFS plain simply sucks on Windows. I haven't tried it myself, but I hear that this is the reason Minecraft has much faster loading times on Linux (many small files).
        I can confirm this. I tried to copy a few large files and a huge amount of small files to a NTFS usb-drive last week and the performance was horrible (sometimes it felt like it wasn't even copying new files). It was so horrible that I formatted the drive to exfat and now it works quite good (windows and linux) with the same amount of large files.

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        • #5
          File a bug report xD

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          • #6
            Linux vs Windows speed

            I think that, in terms of speed, there's a difference between Windows and Linux. Linux seems to be faster. I found this information on weloveourhost.com/linux-windows.html Maybe you could read that page to get a better understanding of the differences between the 2 platforms. Good luck!

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