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Re: Disk Space for Cygwin
- To: Randall R Schulz <rrschulz at cris dot com>
- Subject: Re: Disk Space for Cygwin
- From: Jon Mitchell <jonmitchell at softhome dot net>
- Date: Sat, 01 Sep 2001 18:16:54 -0400
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Thanks for the explanation. It is a 1GB FAT volume that has 32 kilobyte
allocation units. I didn't know that FAT bloat could be so severe.
I will just try to get some more disk space or continue dual booting Debian.
Randall R Schulz wrote:
> Are you using a FAT volume? What's the total capacity? More importantly,
> what's the allocation granularity for that volume?
> Cygwin, like its Unix counterparts, comprises very many small files. My
> full and current Cygwin directory includes 14,522 files totalling
> 209,909,451 bytes. On my NTFS volume, the actual space occupied by these
> files is 236 MB. The average file size in my installation 14,455. If your
> file system volume is using 32 kilobyte allocation units, for example,
> you'd expect the overall installation to occupy about 475 megabytes instead
> of the 236 on my NTFS. If you have 64 kilobyte allocation units, the total
> installation would require about 950 megabytes.
> In short, it's internal fragmentation of disk files that's making your
> install so bloated.
> Just another reason NTFS is preferable to FAT.
> Randall Schulz
> Mountain View, CA USA
> At 13:37 2001-09-01, you wrote:
> >I have tried to install cygwin to Win95 using setup.exe to a partition
> >with 600MB free space but it runs out of disk space.
> >Using Explorer the C:\cygwin directory has about 185MB after failing but
> >I actually have lost 600MB. After deleting C:\Cygwin, I get all 600MB
> >Is this normal?
> >Jon. Mitchell
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