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Why is fragmentation level so huge in files that contain other filesystems?

I've just found out what sparse files are and wanted to conduct some experiments on them. On wiki you can read that the files can get fragmented easily. I wanted to check how bad that is. I created a ...
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What parts of the filesystem to tmpfs/squashfs/sparseimage for USB live system

I want to create a live system on a USB key / SDCard with Linux Mint 14 (KDE or Debian Edition) that stores data persistently. The USB key needs to have at least one fat32 partition. As storage for ...
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xfs: writing to 17TB offset doesn't actually write it to specified offset

I have a situation wherein I want to write a few GBs at a very large offset - say 17TB. But when I use the dd command to do so, I notice that the filesystem is doing some kind of optimization - sparse ...
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Creating a sparse (automatically expanding and contracting) swap file with hole-punching support

I have this crazy idea, and want to know the pitfalls of such an approach (or whether it can even work with no deadlocks.. etc). The goal is to create an automatically expanding and contracting ...
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How to throttle system resources during transfer from btrfs on file image on cifs mount?

I have a btrfs on a sparse file image (4TB) on a cifs mount of a remote NAS (Synology DS214) with zlib compression enabled. Transferring file from and onto the btrfs causes freezes of Linux (where it ...