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Thread priority for intensive disk I/O operations using android?

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What is best thread priority for intensive disk I/O operations - Foreground or Background?

posted Jul 28, 2013 by Abhay Kulkarni

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Using a foreground priority isn't going to help anything anyway, provided your operations use large chunks for transfers: you're just going to be using compute time waiting for I/O operations to finish.

answer Jul 28, 2013 by Sonu Jindal
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Id recommend for the sake of the user to push all I/O work to the background to provide efficient reporting.

answer Jul 28, 2013 by Amit Parthsarthi
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