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    SubjectRe: sync & asyck i/o

    On Tue, Feb 06, 2001 at 02:52:40PM +0000, Alan Cox wrote:
    > > According to the man page for fsync it copies in-core data to disk
    > > prior to its return. Does that take async i/o to the media in account?
    > > I.e. does it wait for completion of the async i/o to the disk?
    > Undefined.

    > In practice some IDE disks do write merging and small amounts of write
    > caching in the drive firmware so you cannot trust it 100%.

    It's worth noting that it *is* defined unambiguously in the standards:
    fsync waits until all the data is hard on disk. Linux will obey that
    if it possibly can: only in cases where the hardware is actively lying
    about when the data has hit disk will the guarantee break down.

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