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Subject: Re: Question about "max files in dir"
From: Brian Wolven (brian.wolven_at_verizon.net)
Date: 2004-02-19


David Litchman wrote:
> Ok, I know the default is 400, and it can be increased to 10000, but
> why is the default 400 in the first place? Is there any benefit to
> having the limit lower than the max? I have just under 4000 files on
> my box, would it be better to lower the limit to 4000, or just go
> ahead and leave it at 10000?

I think it's a RAM issue - the more you use to buffer those file names,
the less you have to hold music, and the more the HD has to spin up to
reload mp3 data. This increases power consumption, thus decreasing the
time you can listen before needing to recharge batteries. The ideal
solution would be to set the limit just above the number of files you
have in a single folder. Note that this is the number of files *in a
single folder*, not on the whole drive. Assuming you follow some sort of
genre/artist/album directory structure, it's not likely to be an issue
even at a value of 400.

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