patch to add a wrapper around the syscall posix_fadvise

Filipe David Manana <>
Sun Apr 25 22:20:36 CEST 2010


Hi,

The following patch adds a new function - file:advise/4
It's a wrapper around the POSIX syscall posix_fadvise, and does nothing
(always returns 'ok') on Windows.

This syscall allows one to declare the access pattern for a file's data.
Useful for many disk IO bound tasks, as it allows the underlying OS to adopt
a better caching strategy for the specified access pattern.

Man page: http://linux.die.net/man/2/posix_fadvise

I assigned the value 31 to the FILE_ADVISE constant because I assigned the
value 30 to a previously submitted patch (which adds a wrapper around the
syscall fdatasync).

Branch posix_fadvise in my github account:

git fetch git://github.com/fdmanana/otp.git posix_fadvise

Documentation and tests are included. Let me know if all is fine.

cheers

-- 
Filipe David Manana,


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Unreasonable men adapt the world to themselves.
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