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SubjectRe: [RFC] mount flag "direct" (fwd)
On Tue, 3 Sep 2002, Peter T. Breuer wrote:

> > How does the other user's of this device "know" that there is
> > a new file so it can update its notion of the block-device state?
>
> The block device itself is stateless at the block level. Every block
> access goes "direct to the metal".
>
> The question is how much FS state is cached on either kernel.
> If it is too much, then I will ask how I can cause to be less, perhaps
> by use of a flag that parallels how O_DIRECT works. I thought that new
> files were entries in a directories inode and I agree that inodes are
> held in memory! But I don't know when they are first read or reread.

And neither can you know. After all, this is filesystem dependant.

You cannot decide whether filesystem-independant clustering is
possible unless you know that all the filesystems play by your
rules. So much for filesystem-independance.

regards,

Rik
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