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SubjectRe: [PATCH] barrier patch set
On Mon, Mar 22 2004, Andrew Morton wrote:
> Jens Axboe <> wrote:
> >
> > A first release of a collected barrier patchset for 2.6.5-rc1-mm2.
> The tagging of BIOs with set_buffer_ordered() or WRITE_BARRIER is a little
> awkward.
> Take the case of an ext2 fsync() or even an ext3 fsync() which frequently
> will not trigger a commit. If we must perform the barrier by tagging the
> final BIO, that will be tricky to implement. I could set some new field in
> struct writeback_control and rework the mpage code, but working out "this
> is the final BIO for this operation" is a fairly hard thing to do.
> sys_sync() would require even more VFS surgery.

Yeah, it's not very pretty if you have to track the last sumit. Chris
complained about that in 2.4 as well :-)

> Generally, it would be much preferable to use the blkdev_issue_flush()
> API. What is the status of that?

It'll be fully supported.

Jens Axboe

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