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Comment: limit the amount of pagecache (Score 1) 472

by biophysics (#33998578) Attached to: The State of Linux IO Scheduling For the Desktop?
what you need is This tool allows the user to limit the amount of pagecache used by applications under Linux. This is similar to nice, ionice etc. in that it usually doesn't make an application go faster, but does reduce the impact of the application on other applications performance. This is especially useful for applications that walk sequentially through data sets larger than memory, as discarding their pagecache does not reduce their performance (although this tool does add overhead of about 2%). See Although it is little more than a proof-of-concept it seems to be fairly useful. When running dd if=100-mb-file of=foo or cp -a /usr/src/linux-2.6.20 /usr/src/foo

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