This VFS module is part of the samba(7) suite.
This vfs_readahead VFS module detects read requests at multiples of a given offset (hex 0x80000 by default) and then tells the kernel via either the readahead system call (on Linux) or the posix_fadvise system call to pre-fetch this data into the buffer cache.
This module is useful for Windows Vista clients reading data using the Windows Explorer program, which asynchronously does multiple file read requests at offset boundaries of 0x80000 bytes.
The offset multiple used is given by the readahead:offset option, which defaults to 0x80000.
The size of the disk read operations performed by vfs_readahead is determined by the readahead:length option. By default this is set to the same value as the readahead:offset option and if not set explicitly will use the current value of readahead:offset.
readahead:offset = BYTES
readahead:length = BYTES
The following suffixes may be applied to BYTES:
[hypothetical] m[blue]vfs objects = readaheadm
The original Samba software and related utilities were created by Andrew Tridgell. Samba is now developed by the Samba Team as an Open Source project similar to the way the Linux kernel is developed.