I'm using Red Hat Enterprise and would like to know what the ideal maximum number of files/directories per directory is. Currently we have a directory with over 7000 directories in it. For various reasons we now have to restructure this directory, and an important factor in deciding how to do this will be the ideal number of files/directories per directory.
A few years ago I was doing a similar project but on a Sun Solaris system, and the sys admin there told me the ideal max inodes per directory was about 200.
If anyone knows what the figure would be for Red Hat Enterprise, your advise would be very much appreciated.