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POSIX_FADVISE(2)		     BSD System Calls Manual			 POSIX_FADVISE(2)

NAME
     posix_fadvise -- hint at the future access pattern of a file

LIBRARY
     Standard C Library (libc, -lc)

SYNOPSIS
     #include <sys/fcntl.h>

     int
     posix_fadvise(int fd, off_t offset, off_t size, int hint);

DESCRIPTION
     posix_fadvise() hints at the application's access pattern to the file and range given by the
     file descriptor, fd, and offset and size.	If size is zero, it means to the end of file.

     hint should be one of the followings.

	   POSIX_FADV_NORMAL	  No hint.  (default)
	   POSIX_FADV_RANDOM	  Random access.
	   POSIX_FADV_SEQUENTIAL  Sequential access.  (from lower offset to higher offset.)
	   POSIX_FADV_WILLNEED	  Will be accessed.
	   POSIX_FADV_DONTNEED	  Will not be accessed.
	   POSIX_FADV_NOREUSE	  Will be accessed just once.

     Calling posix_fadvise() doesn't alter the semantics of the operations, it is only a matter
     of performance.

RETURN VALUES
     On success, posix_fadvise() returns 0.  Otherwise, it returns an error number.

SEE ALSO
     errno(2), madvise(2)

BUGS
     For POSIX_FADV_NORMAL, POSIX_FADV_RANDOM, and POSIX_FADV_SEQUENTIAL, the current implementa-
     tion ignores offset and size, and applies the hint to the whole file.

BSD					   June 9, 2009 				      BSD
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