When you have to back up, restore, or copy a large number of small files with AIX on an IBM Power Systems server, I/O transfer rates can plummet. I recently had to restore a single 50 GB file and it took next to no time, but a file system with 5 GB of tiny XML files was frustratingly slow. So how do you go about copying a mountain of tiny, little annoying files? There are some simple steps you can take to make the copy (or backup or restore) run more smoothly. Let's take an example ...

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