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SubjectRe: 2.6.xx: dirty pages never being sync'd to disk?
Badari Pulavarty wrote:
> Interesting. Since you have a very easy to reproduce case -
> can you write a program to do posix_fadvise(POSIX_FADV_DONTNEED)
> on those files in directory "t" and see what happens ?

Sure. It appears to cause an immediate "sync" of the file data
to disk (lots of drive activity for a few seconds), and the Dirty
count from /proc/meminfo reduces correspondingly.

Oddly enough, the Dirty count didn't go all the way down, though.
Doing a "sync" or a second run of the program afterwards does
get the count down to zero immediately, without any significant I/O.


#include <fcntl.h>
#include <stdio.h>
#include <unistd.h>
#include <sys/types.h>

int main (int argc, char *argv[])
while (--argc > 0) {
int fd = open(*++argv, O_RDWR);
if (fd == -1) {
} else {
int posix_fadvise(int, off_t, off_t, int);
const int POSIX_FADV_DONTNEED = 4;
int rc = posix_fadvise(fd, 0, 0, POSIX_FADV_DONTNEED);
if (rc == -1)
return 0;
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