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SubjectRe: file as a directory
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On Thu, 2004-12-16 at 18:48, Hans Reiser wrote:
> David Masover wrote:
> > Speaking of which, how much speed is lost by starting up a process?
> >
> > The idea of caching is that running
> >
> > cat *; cat *; cat *; cat *; cat *
> >
> > is probably slower than
> >
> > cat * > baz; cat baz; cat baz; cat baz; cat baz; cat baz
>
> Only for small files where the per file overhead of a read is significant.

But if the glued "file" is a stream (or pipe?) you can't do everything
with it (e.g. seek() ) that you could do with a proper file, right?
You may want to do everything with it that you can do with a proper
file.

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