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SubjectRe: Journaling pointless with today's hard disks?
On Mon, 26 Nov 2001, H. Peter Anvin wrote:

> Waiting for write barriers to clear is key to implementing fsync()
> efficiently and correctly.

Well, all you want is a feature to write a set of blocks and be
acknowledged of completion of the write before you send more data, but
OTOH you would not want to serialize fsync() operations, see my "groups"
that I told previously. That would probably involve tagging data blocks
in the long run. Not sure if the current tag command API of ATA can
already provide that, if so, all is there, and the barrier can be
implemented in the driver rather than the drive firmware.

Matthias Andree

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