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Does the size of your home directory affect startup performance?
November 8, 2019
November 24, 2022
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During boot your
/home partition is mounted which takes a fraction of a second regardless of it’s size.
After logging in there are programs which will index (or process) the files in your home partition. This will effect performance the first time the program is used. If properly designed, such programs should not lag your screen or keyboard. After files are indexed the first time, subsequent program usage will only incrementally update new files added.
Some example programs would be:
- Nautilus not generating thumbnails for GIF images
- How to stop a file or folder from being indexed in GNOME?
With a large home directory some commands will be slower such as
find but the similar command
locate will not be noticeably slower.
find searches every file but
locate has an index of every file stored in it’s own database.