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SubjectRe: [PATCH] scsi/sata write barrier support
On Thu, Jan 27 2005, Jeff Garzik wrote:
> Doug Maxey wrote:
> >On Thu, 27 Jan 2005 13:02:48 +0100, Jens Axboe wrote:
> >
> >>Hi,
> >>
> >>For the longest time, only the old PATA drivers supported barrier writes
> >>with journalled file systems. This patch adds support for the same type
> >>of cache flushing barriers that PATA uses for SCSI, to be utilized with
> >>libata.
> >
> >
> >What, if any mechanism supports changing the underlying write cache?
> >
> >That is, assuming this is common across PATA and SCSI drives, and it is
> >possible to turn the cache off on the IDE drives, would switching the
> >cache underneath require completing the inflight IO?
> [ignoring your question, but it made me think...]
> I am thinking the barrier support should know if the write cache is
> disabled (some datacenters do this), and avoid flushing if so?

Ehm it does, read the code :)

Jens Axboe

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