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readahead - perform file readahead into page cache
#define _GNU_SOURCE /* See feature_test_macros(7) */
ssize_t readahead(int fd, off64_t offset, size_t count);
populates the page cache with data from a file so that subsequent
reads from that file will not block on disk I/O.
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.
blocks until the specified data has been read.
The current file offset of the open file 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.
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