I recently accidentally created millions of files in one folder (rougly 5 million) and due to limitations I couldn't process them correctly (maximum argument count exceeded for wc / ls and such stuff). So I deleted them, which took quite a while, but now they're gone. I deleted the files with a regular
rm. It weren't any system files.
So the files are definitively deleted, but the system is very slow on file stuff now.
cat and auto-complete by pressing
tab freezes the terminal for several seconds.
Is this some sort of fragmentation issue? Is it an issue with the files beeing still somehow present?