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SubjectRe: Deletion of big files...
Rik van Riel wrote:

> > 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...
>

No it won't. Try this in a partition with enough free space:

dd if=/dev/zero of=test bs=1k count=800000
[wait]

rm test &
ls

The last ls won't show inmediately. In fact, it will be blocked till the
rm finishes - which is the behaviour I think we need to suppress...

Try it...

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ICAI - Universidad Pontificia Comillas /\\
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