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Linux in a Nutshell

This directory of Linux commands is from Linux in a Nutshell, 5th Edition.

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elvtune [options] devices

System administration command. Set the latency in the elevator algorithm used to schedule I/O activities for the specified block devices. If no options are given, print the current settings for devices.


-b n

Set the maximum coalescing factor allowed on writes when reads are pending to n.


Print help message, then exit.

-r n

Set the maximum read latency (basically, the number of sectors to read before writes are allowed) to n. The default is 8192.


Print version number, then exit.

-w n

Set the maximum write latency (sectors to write before allowing a read) to n. The default is 16384.

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