Should I be worry about max number of files in a folder in *NIX filesystems?

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Published on 2012-07-03T07:28:09Z Indexed on 2012/07/03 9:17 UTC
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In a social networking project we want to store user's avatars in a folder. I think in one year or two it'll reach to 140K (I've seen this issue before and it will be around this number). I want to spread files in folders. If a folder contains 1000 files then create another folder and do store files from 1001 to 2000. Is this a good approach or I'm just very cautious about the issue? (File system : EXT3)

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