Obtaining real-world aged file systems
Posted Jul 6, 2006 19:38 UTC (Thu) by wilck
Parent article: The 2006 Linux Filesystems Workshop (Part III)
This is actually an idea of a colleague of mine.
Wrt the problem of obtaining real-world aged file systems, we wondered if it would be worthwile to create a "file system content scrambler" - a tool that would duplicate a file system exactly 1:1, but overwrite all real content - data, file and directory names - with artificial or random data.
The cloned file system would have the same properties as the original real-world file system without revealing possibly sensitive information to the person analyzing or doing benchmarks.
Such a tool could be used to gather file systems that would exhibit real-world fragmentation etc.
Perhaps not an idea for the truly paranoid...
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