The ls command hangs on large NFS directory

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Issue

  • When the user attempts to ls on a NFS directory with 200,000+ files/sub-directories, the command hangs indefinitely.
  • No response from ls in past 23 min on VM so did CTRL-C.
  • listing files over NFS appears to hang or perform extremely slowly when a folder has many files
  • /bin/ls command performance is very slow in nfs share with 700,000 individual files

Environment

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux
  • NFS
  • Large number (more than 100,000) files in the one directory

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