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ureadahead - Read files in advance during boot
ureadahead [OPTIONS]... [PACK]
ureadahead (uber-readahead) is used during boot to read files in
advance of when they are needed such that they are already in the page
cache, improving boot performance.
When started without any arguments, it checks for the existance and age
of the default pack file /var/lib/ureadahead/pack, and if not present
or older than a month, will discard it and retrace the boot sequence.
The pack will then contain information about the files opened during
boot, and the blocks that were in memory at the completion of the boot.
If the file exists and is newer than a month old, or an alternate PACK
path is given on the command-line, the files listed in the pack are
opened and the blocks read into the page cache using the readahead(2)
Pack files are automatically optimised for Solid-State Disks or rota-
tional Hard Drives, depending on which you have.
May be used to report on ureadahead's operation. In particular,
this causes information about the size of the pack file to be
output when reading and a complete dump of the contents of the
pack file after tracing.
Places ureadahead into the background once the pack file has
been read, or once tracing has been enabled.
This is ignored when reading on rotational hard drives, since
it's important for performance reasons not to contend with other
processes for I/O.
Discards all pack files and forces re-tracing.
Normally when tracing, ureadahead will wait for a TERM or INT
signal before concluding and generating the pack file. This
option instead sets a timeout after which tracing is terminated.
--dump Dump the contents of the pack file to standard output in a
pretty format, does not trace or read the contents into memory.
Used with --dump to sort the output.
The default is open, which is the order that the files will be
opened. path sorts by path name, disk sorts by on-disk loca-
tion, and size sorts by the amount of data that will be read for
OTHER MOUNT POINTS
PACK need not be the filename of a pack, instead it may be the name of
a mount point (or indeed any non-file within the filesystem), in which
case the pack for that device is read instead. This allows ureadahead
to be called in the style ureadahead /usr for filesystems split across
Pack files for these other devices are also stored under /var/lib/ure-
adahead and are named mountpoint.pack
When tracing, these will be automatically generated.
Written by Scott James Remnant <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Report bugs at <https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/ureadahead/+bugs>
Copyright (C) 2009 Canonical Ltd.
This is free software; see the source for copying conditions. There is
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