[PATCH] fadvise(2) system call
alfred at freebsd.org
Wed Nov 9 11:08:50 UTC 2011
* Tim Kientzle <tim at kientzle.com> [111108 22:18] wrote:
> On Nov 8, 2011, at 8:35 PM, Alfred Perlstein wrote:
> > A query to sysctl, perhaps 'vfs.bufspace' (I haven't bothered to
> > look at the actual correct sysctl node to query) would give a real
> > indication of the amount of buffer size there is.
> The kernel knows the size of the file and knows how
> much buffer cache there is. So the kernel already knows
> whether the file will fit.
> > If the file to
> > extract is larger than that size, it would be pretty obvious to use
> > the "will not need" flag for file access.
> It's not at all obvious.
> If I have 1GB of cache and I'm going
> to generate and then read back a 2GB file,
> the best strategy is to hold the first
> 1GB in cache.
> If I'm going to write the file and it will never be
> read back, then the best strategy is to not
> cache any of it.
> Sometimes, a program knows which of
> these is likely, but if it doesn't know, it shouldn't
- Alfred Perlstein
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