On Thu, 2004-12-16 at 18:48, Hans Reiser wrote:It does not need to be a pipe-like file. Seek can be implemented for a composite (glued) file.
David Masover wrote:
Speaking of which, how much speed is lost by starting up a process?Only for small files where the per file overhead of a read is significant.
The idea of caching is that running
cat *; cat *; cat *; cat *; cat *
is probably slower than
cat * > baz; cat baz; cat baz; cat baz; cat baz; cat baz
But if the glued "file" is a stream (or pipe?) you can't do everything
with it (e.g. seek() ) that you could do with a proper file, right?
You may want to do everything with it that you can do with a proper
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