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    Subjectfsync delays for a long time.
    we are using gdbm in our application. It has been noticed that whenever
    a disk intesive job is running our application hangs for a very long time.
    This is the scenario I'm getting in trouble with:
    run my gdbm application and bonnie test on the same device.
    When gdbm comes to the point when it calls fsync it delays for a long
    The time depends on the CPU and disk speed, but always is intolerably big:
    few tens of sec - to minutes.
    It does not seem to depend on the size of the DB.
    Application runs on the machines with 2.2.x kernel.
    Had anyone seen the same problem?
    I've seen a discussion about a bad performance of SCSI versus IDE drives
    with mySQL on this list. But we tried it on both with the same (bad)
    result. IDE is even worse in our case. In the discussion it was also said
    that fsync for 2.4.x is modified. But does it fix a problem?
    Thanks in advance for comments and suggestions.

    Alexander N. Moibenko, Integrated Systems Development, CD, Fermilab

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