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On Maw, 2006-01-17 at 21:30 -0700, Jeff V. Merkey wrote:
> > How can I force it to be 'write back'?
> Forcing write back is a very bad idea unless you have a battery backed
> up RAID controller.

Not always. If you have a cache flush command and the OS knows about
using it, or if you don't care if the data gets lost over a power
failure (eg /tmp and swap) it makes sense to force it.

The raid controller drivers that fake scsi don't always fake enough of
scsi to report that they support cache flushes and the like. That
doesn't mean the controller itself is neccessarily doing one thing or
the other.

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