Walking large directory trees

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9.7.x
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MK-95HCPH002-19

HCP occasionally reuses inode numbers. Normally, this has no impact. However, it can affect programs that walk the directory tree, like the Unix du command. If you run such a program against a very large directory tree, it may not go down certain subdirectory paths.

One way to prevent this problem is to work on directory segments, instead of the entire directory tree. For example, when you use the du command you can run the command against smaller segments of the directory hierarchy; then add the returned values together to get the total.