Re: what "COW" stands for in linux memory management? (eom)

Christian Robottom Reis (
Wed, 17 Nov 1999 20:48:34 -0200 (EDT)

On Sat, 6 Nov 1999 wrote:

Copy-On-Write, a technique used to make forking processes very fast making
use of page table mechanisms available on modern virtual-memory capable
CPUs. It basically consists of write-protecting the parent process' pages
, sharing it with the child process, and copying the page to a new
write-enabled page on a write fault, for the child's enjoyment.


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