On Sat, Sep 24, 2011 at 4:16 PM, Magnus Hagander <mag...@hagander.net> wrote:
> I was assuming the kernel was smart enough to read this as "*this*
> process is not going to be using this file anymore", not "nobody in
> the whole machine is going to use this file anymore". And the process
> running the base backup is certainly not going to read it again.
> But that's a good point - do you know if that is the case, or does it
> mandate more testing?

It's not the case on Linux. I used to use DONTNEED to flush pages from
cache before running a benchmark. I verified with mincore that the
pages were actually getting removed from cache. Sometimes there was
the occasional straggler but nearly all got flushed and after a second
or third pass the stragglers were gone too.

In case you're wondering, this was because using /proc/.../drop_caches
caused flaky benchmarks. My theory was that it was causing pages of
the executable to trigger page faults in the middle of the benchmark.


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