[lustre-discuss] Removing large directory tree

Cowe, Malcolm J malcolm.j.cowe at intel.com
Fri Jul 10 15:59:36 PDT 2015

There's something in the rm command that makes recursive deletes really expensive, although I don't know why. I've found in the past that even running a regular find ... -exec rm {} \; has been quicker. Running lfs find to build the file list would presumably be quicker still.


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I understand that doing recursive file operations can be taxing on lustre.
So, I wonder if there is a preferred performance-minded way to remove an entire directory tree that is several TB in size.
The standard rm -rf ./dir seems to spike the cpu usage on my OSSes where it sits and sometimes causes clients to be evicted.

Brian Andrus
ITACS/Research Computing
Naval Postgraduate School
Monterey, California
voice: 831-656-6238

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