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SubjectRe: Deletion of big files...
On Fri, 14 May 1999, Jorge Gonzalez Villalonga wrote:

> I have noticed that when I delete a big file (say 800MB), with a
> rm command, for example, the rm command does not return until the
> file has been deleted (or so it seems).

> In other Unices, like IRIX, the rm command returns _inmediately_, no
> matter the size of the file.

> Looks to me like the unlink syscall is somewhat synchronous, and it
> shouldn't, or does it? For this concrete issue, it could be easily
> solved by the unlink syscall starting a thread to unlink the big file,

Cosmetics.

$ rm bigfile&

will achieve exactly the same thing at no kernel
cost...

Rik -- Open Source: you deserve to be in control of your data.
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