contiguous file


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contiguous file

A file on disk that is not broken apart. All sectors are adjacent to each other. A contiguous file is faster to read and write than one that is fragmented across the disk. See fragmentation.
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Thus, the application made only one, large, contiguous file system request to each CP.
Since the file is striped across all disks, block by block, the file system turns each CP's single contiguous file system request into a series of block requests to every disk.
The requirement for contiguous files meant that a newly created file had to fit within a single gap on the disk, or not at all.