Yes, that's a test.
time (cp 1-gig-file foo ; sync)
> for a real-world example, mozilla downloads files to a temp directory and
> then copies it to the premanent location. When I download a video from my
> tivo it takes ~20 min to download a 1G video, during which time the system
> is perfectly responsive, then after the download completes when mozilla
> copies it to the real destination (on a seperate disk so it is a copy, not
> just a move) the system becomes completely unresponsive to anything
> requireing disk IO for several min.
Well 2.4 is unreponsive period. That's due to problems in the VM - processes
which are trying to allocate memory get continually DoS'ed by `cp' in page
For the reads-starved-by-writes problem which you describe, you'll see that
quite a few of the tests did cover that. contest does as well.
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