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SubjectRe: why swap at all?
On Wed, May 26, 2004 at 09:19:40PM +1000, Nick Piggin wrote:
> Matthias Schniedermeyer wrote:
> >On Wed, May 26, 2004 at 08:33:28PM +1000, Nick Piggin wrote:
> OK, this is obviously bad. Do you get this behaviour with 2.6.5
> or 2.6.6? If so, can you strace the program while it is writing
> an ISO? (just send 20 lines or so). Or tell me what program you
> use to create them and how to create one?

To use other words, this is the typical case where a "hint" would be

program to kernel: "i read ONCE though this file caching not useful".

The last thing i knew in this area is that there exist a thing to tell
the kernel to drop all cache after the file is closed. (IIRC!)

But this doesn't help in this case as the image-file is up to 4,4GB in
whole which means that it ALONE can fill up the whole cache. Taking
aside the files the image was created from, which can (with a size of up
to 2GB (size-limit of iso9660-filesystem/linux-kernel)) also fill a lot
of cache until they are closed.

(The/My) typical case is this.
1 create image-file
2 remove source-files
3 burn image
4 remove image-file

Step 1 and 3 trash the cache without ANY positive effect.

Bis denn

Real Programmers consider "what you see is what you get" to be just as
bad a concept in Text Editors as it is in women. No, the Real Programmer
wants a "you asked for it, you got it" text editor -- complicated,
cryptic, powerful, unforgiving, dangerous.

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