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    [PATCH] Introduce sys_splice() system call · 5274f052
    Jens Axboe authored
    This adds support for the sys_splice system call. Using a pipe as a
    transport, it can connect to files or sockets (latter as output only).
    From the splice.c comments:
       "splice": joining two ropes together by interweaving their strands.
       This is the "extended pipe" functionality, where a pipe is used as
       an arbitrary in-memory buffer. Think of a pipe as a small kernel
       buffer that you can use to transfer data from one end to the other.
       The traditional unix read/write is extended with a "splice()" operation
       that transfers data buffers to or from a pipe buffer.
       Named by Larry McVoy, original implementation from Linus, extended by
       Jens to support splicing to files and fixing the initial implementation
    Signed-off-by: default avatarJens Axboe <axboe@suse.de>
    Signed-off-by: default avatarLinus Torvalds <torvalds@osdl.org>