Re: mmap vs. O_DIRECT
From: Robert Love
Date: Thu Nov 11 2004 - 12:13:54 EST
On Thu, 2004-11-11 at 10:41 -0500, Robert Love wrote:
> There is a difference between being synchronous and not going through
> the page cache, although in Linux we don't really have the distinction.
Rereading this, I should clarify. We definitely have the distinction.
In the case of direct I/O, you get synchronousness, no page caching, and
no use of buffers. In my statement, I meant that you cannot separate
the "no page cache" from the "synchronousness" attribute.
But you can get synchronous I/O and still get the page cache, ala
The closest you can come to normal I/O without the page cache is by
doing posix_fadvise() to prune your cache pages after you touch them.
That is definitely not what you want.
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