dbuffer (short for "disk buffer") is a threaded buffering program for data streams on disk. Its interface is modeled after the program called buffer, but while buffer creates a buffer solely in memory, dbuffer builds only small input and output buffers in memory and can put huge amounts of data on disk. This method vastly increases the possible size of a buffer. dbuffer can be useful for buffering slow network transfers for later continous fast processing. It can also be used for creating data to be stored temporarily on disk without growing beyond a certain limit to ensure a minimum transfer rate, which is necessary for several applications, including CD-ROM recording.
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