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defragmentation of HARD drive under linux ??

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Is there a defragmentation utility for linux ?? Or there is no such thing.
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Other than a dump/restore of the file system I'm not aware of any tool for that purpose. And it is seldom necessary, given the design of ext2/ext3, rieserfs, or XFS, providing that there's a reasonable amount of free space on the FS. The only times I've seen fragmentation affect a Unix/Linux file system is when the FS has been critically short of free space and there have been a lot of file creates/deletes over a period of time.
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