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SubjectRe: Journaling pointless with today's hard disks?
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----- Original Message -----
From: "Matthias Andree" <matthias.andree@stud.uni-dortmund.de>
To: <linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org>
Sent: Tuesday, November 27, 2001 5:39 PM
Subject: Re: Journaling pointless with today's hard disks?


<snip>
>
> Two things:
>
> 1- power loss. Fixing things to write to disk is bound to fail in
> adverse conditions. If the drive suffers from write problems and the
> write takes longer than the charge of your capacitor lasts, your
> data is still toasted. nonvolatile memory with finite write time
> (like NVRAM/Flash) will help to save the Cache. I don't think vendors
> will do that soon.
>
> 2- error handling with good power: with automatic remapping turned on,
> there's no problem, the drive can re-write a block it has taken
> responsibility of, IBM DTLA drives will automatically switch off the
> write cache when the number of spare block gets low.
>
> with automatic remapping turned off, write errors with enabled write
> cache get a real problem because the way it is now, when the drive
> reports the problem, the block has already expired from the write
> queue and is no longer available to be rescheduled. That may mean
> that although fsync() completed OK your block is gone.

I think we have gotten away from the original subject. The problem (as I
understood it) wasn't that we don't have time to write the whole cache...
the problem is that the hard disk stops in the middle of a write, not
updating the CRC of the sector, thus making it report as a bad sector when
trying to recover from the failure. No?

I think most people here are convinced that there is not time to write a
several-MB (worst case) cache to the platters in case of a power failure.
Special drives for this case could of course be manufactured, and here's for
a theory of mine: Wouldn't a battery backed-up SRAM cache do the thing?

Anyway, maybe it is just me who have been thrown off-track? Are we
discussing something else now maybe?

<snap>

_____________________________________________________
| Martin Eriksson <nitrax@giron.wox.org>
| MSc CSE student, department of Computing Science
| Umeå University, Sweden


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