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SubjectRe: [patch] sys_sync livelock fix
Bill Davidsen wrote:
> Alan and/or Linus:
> Am I misreading this or is the Linux implementation of sync() based on
> making the shutdown scripts pause until disk i/o is done? Because I don't
> think commercial unices work that way, I think they work as SuS
> specifies. More reason to rethink this in 2.4 as well as 2.5 and get the
> possible live lock out of the kernel.

I don't think SuSv2 can be any more clear than:

> The writing, although scheduled, is not necessarily complete
> upon return from sync().

Quoting from

As I mentioned in the other message, IMHO we need some way to introduce
a global system I/O barrier, and then wait for all I/O scheduled before
that barrier to complete. My suggestion for naming was the "checkpoint"
system call.


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