Rasmus Lerdorf wrote:

>>>If a system has mmap() a readfile() will mmap the entire file to memory
>>>and then dump that while without mmap it will read it one block at a time.
>>>That's a siginificant memory difference and one that may not be expected.
>>>Obviously the mmap will be faster, but if as in bug #10701, someone is
>>>adding headers or doing something else to really large files, things are
>>>going to break.  Since readfile() already has an opotional argument I
>>>think the right approach is a separate function that turns the mmap off
>>>and reads the file block by block.  fpassthru() doesn't have an optional
>>>arg, so we could toggle it there for that function.
>>Well, out of the solutions, I think the optional argument to fpassthru()
>>would be the best.  However, why not, as you stated in response to the
>>bug report, read the file with a custom function and output it,
>>therefore avoiding the mmap() as well?
> Well, the one problem with that is that it can be very inefficient because
> it stops reading when it hits a newline and you end up always reading
> partial buffers if the file has newlines in it.  Having a function that
> quickly reads/dumps a file block by block would make this much more
> efficient.

fread() should handle this, no?


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