a newbie question regarding regex in nginx conf

Chris Savery chrissavery at gmail.com
Wed Sep 3 22:18:21 MSD 2008

Thanks Zhang.
I was just wondering as I'm building a photo site as well and expect the 
number of images to grow over time to be large. I also have directories 
for s/ m/ p/ l/ f/ - and was thinking I may split into subdirectories 
but just wasn't sure it made any difference. I'd be interested to know 
if you ever find info about that. I do know that some command line tools 
are hard to use with large numbers of files but I didn't really expect 
to have to go in manually to browse them. Also my files are replicated 
up onto Amazon S3.
Chris :)

Zhang Yining wrote:
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> Hi Chris,
> Chris Savery wrote:
>> I'm curious about your breaking up the filename into a path like that.
>> If using ext3 filesystem is there any advantage speed wise to doing
>> that? I thought it could handle large file counts without a problem
>> using indexing but I may be wrong and I am quite interested as I expect
>> to have thousands of image files as well and if it's going to be slow on
>> ext3 then I would also want to split up directories like this.
>> Chris :)
> First of all, I simplified the question a little, all url's are actually
> ended with "-(L|M|S|Q|T)" denoting different sizes (large, medium,
> small, square, thumbnail), so that's multiplication by five :-)
> Secondly, yes, it's ext3 (on my dev pc), but I split files this way is
> more for ease of management and some flexibility instead of from purly
> performance stand point.
> I don't have hard data and facts right now, but in my understanding,
> splitting up does help in terms of performance. I will share more info
> when I have some more.
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