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NAME

       posix_fadvise - predeclare an access pattern for file data

SYNOPSIS

       #include <fcntl.h>

       int posix_fadvise(int fd, off_t offset, off_t len, int advice);

   Feature Test Macro Requirements for glibc (see feature_test_macros(7)):

       posix_fadvise():
           _XOPEN_SOURCE >= 600 || _POSIX_C_SOURCE >= 200112L

DESCRIPTION

       Programs  can  use  posix_fadvise()  to  announce  an  intention  to access file data in a
       specific  pattern  in  the  future,  thus  allowing  the  kernel  to  perform  appropriate
       optimizations.

       The advice applies to a (not necessarily existent) region starting at offset and extending
       for len bytes (or until the end of the file if len is 0) within the file  referred  to  by
       fd.   The  advice  is  not  binding; it merely constitutes an expectation on behalf of the
       application.

       Permissible values for advice include:

       POSIX_FADV_NORMAL
              Indicates that the application has no advice to give about its access  pattern  for
              the  specified  data.   If no advice is given for an open file, this is the default
              assumption.

       POSIX_FADV_SEQUENTIAL
              The application expects to access  the  specified  data  sequentially  (with  lower
              offsets read before higher ones).

       POSIX_FADV_RANDOM
              The specified data will be accessed in random order.

       POSIX_FADV_NOREUSE
              The specified data will be accessed only once.

       POSIX_FADV_WILLNEED
              The specified data will be accessed in the near future.

       POSIX_FADV_DONTNEED
              The specified data will not be accessed in the near future.

RETURN VALUE

       On success, zero is returned.  On error, an error number is returned.

ERRORS

       EBADF  The fd argument was not a valid file descriptor.

       EINVAL An invalid value was specified for advice.

       ESPIPE The  specified  file  descriptor refers to a pipe or FIFO.  (Linux actually returns
              EINVAL in this case.)

VERSIONS

       Kernel support first appeared in Linux  2.5.60;  the  underlying  system  call  is  called
       fadvise64().   Library  support has been provided since glibc version 2.2, via the wrapper
       function posix_fadvise().

CONFORMING TO

       POSIX.1-2001.  Note that the type of the len argument was changed from size_t to off_t  in
       POSIX.1-2003 TC1.

NOTES

       Under  Linux,  POSIX_FADV_NORMAL  sets  the  readahead  window to the default size for the
       backing device; POSIX_FADV_SEQUENTIAL doubles this size,  and  POSIX_FADV_RANDOM  disables
       file  readahead  entirely.   These  changes affect the entire file, not just the specified
       region (but other open file handles to the same file are unaffected).

       POSIX_FADV_WILLNEED initiates a nonblocking read of the specified  region  into  the  page
       cache.  The amount of data read may be decreased by the kernel depending on virtual memory
       load.  (A few megabytes will usually be fully satisfied, and more is rarely useful.)

       In   kernels   before   2.6.18,   POSIX_FADV_NOREUSE   had   the   same    semantics    as
       POSIX_FADV_WILLNEED.  This was probably a bug; since kernel 2.6.18, this flag is a no-op.

       POSIX_FADV_DONTNEED  attempts  to  free cached pages associated with the specified region.
       This is useful, for example, while streaming large  files.   A  program  may  periodically
       request  the  kernel  to  free cached data that has already been used, so that more useful
       cached pages are not discarded instead.

       Pages that have not yet been written out will be unaffected, so if the application  wishes
       to guarantee that pages will be released, it should call fsync(2) or fdatasync(2) first.

   arm_fadvise()
       The ARM architecture needs 64-bit arguments to be aligned in a suitable pair of registers.
       On this architecture, the call signature of posix_fadvise() is flawed, since it  forces  a
       register to be wasted as padding between the fd and len arguments.  Therefore, since Linux
       2.6.14, ARM defines a different system call that orders the arguments suitably:

           long arm_fadvise64_64(int fd, int advice,
                                 loff_t offset, loff_t len);

       The behavior of this system call is otherwise exactly the  same  as  posix_fadvise().   No
       library support is provided for this system call in glibc.

BUGS

       In kernels before 2.6.6, if len was specified as 0, then this was interpreted literally as
       "zero bytes", rather than as meaning "all bytes through to the end of the file".

SEE ALSO

       readahead(2), sync_file_range(2), posix_fallocate(3), posix_madvise(3)

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