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SubjectRe: [PATCH] drop page cache of a single file
On Thu, Dec 28, 2006 at 02:29:26AM -0800, Andrew Morton wrote:
> On Thu, 28 Dec 2006 15:19:04 +0800
> Fengguang Wu <fengguang.wu@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> > Yanmin: I've been using the fadvise tool from
> > http://www.zip.com.au/~akpm/linux/patches/stuff/ext3-tools.tar.gz
> >
> > It's a nice tool:
> >
> > % fadvise
> > Usage: fadvise filename offset length advice [loops]
> > advice: normal sequential willneed noreuse dontneed asyncwrite writewait
> > % fadvise /var/sparse 0 0x7fffffff dontneed
> >
>
> I was a bit reluctant to point at that because it has nasty hacks to make
> it mostly-work on old glibc's which don't implement posix_fadvise().
>
> Hopefully if you're running a recent distro, you have glibc support for
> fadvise() and it's possible to write a portable version of that app which
> doesn't need to know about per-arch syscall numbers.

Bad news: it's still broken. posix_fadvise() here just failed silently.
I'm running Debian Etch with libc6=2.3.6.ds1-7.
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