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readahead - initiate file readahead into page cache
#define _GNU_SOURCE /* See feature_test_macros(7) */
ssize_t readahead(int fd, off64_t offset, size_t count);
initiates readahead on a file so that subsequent reads from that file will
be satisfied from the cache, and not block on disk I/O
(assuming the readahead was initiated early enough and that other activity
on the system did not in the meantime flush pages from the cache).
argument is a file descriptor identifying the file which is
to be read.
argument specifies the starting point from which data is to be read
specifies the number of bytes to be read.
I/O is performed in whole pages, so that
is effectively rounded down to a page boundary
and bytes are read up to the next page boundary greater than or
does not read beyond the end of the file.
The file offset of the open file description referred to by
is left unchanged.
returns 0; on failure, -1 is returned, with
set to indicate the cause of the error.
is not a valid file descriptor or is not open for reading.
does not refer to a file type to which
can be applied.
system call appeared in Linux 2.4.13;
glibc support has been provided since version 2.3.
system call is Linux-specific, and its use should be avoided
in portable applications.
On some 32-bit architectures,
the calling signature for this system call differs,
for the reasons described in
attempts to schedule the reads in the background and return immediately.
However, it may block while it reads the filesystem metadata needed
to locate the requested blocks.
This occurs frequently with ext on large files
using indirect blocks instead of extents,
giving the appearance that the call blocks until the requested data has
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