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Ensuring a repeatable directory ordering in linux

I run a hosted continuous integration company, and we run our customers' code on Linux. Each time we run the code, we run it in a separate virtual machine. A frequent problem that arises is that a ...
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On linux, what does it mean when a directory has size 0 instead of 4096?

Here's a strange thing I haven't seen before -- a directory whose size is reported by ls as 0 instead of 4096, and I can't create any files within it. # ls -ld lib home drwxr-xr-x. 2 root root 0 ...
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What is the maximum number of files a file system can contain?

Given the current structure of a directory entry on a ext4 file system on Ubuntu, what is the maximum number of files a file system can contain? What is the general method of calculating the maximum ...