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Useful in the real world
Authored by: JamieF on Apr 19, '04 07:37:57PM

So what you're saying is, we should redesign the OS's cache management and filesystem semantics and rewrite all applications, to avoid what you feel is an improper technique (using a ramdisk). O-kay.

In the real world, there's software that writes temporary files that aren't needed (or which fails to access its files in such a way as to allow the OS-level filesystem cache to be as efficient as it could be), and ramdisks empower users to make that software do the right thing for their particular usage scenario.

Sometimes a simple, pragamatic solution that isn't academically pure is the Right Thing To Do because the net amount of effort that would go into the "pure" solution isn't worth that last 2% of efficiency that it would yield.

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