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SubjectRe: O_DIRECT please; Sybase 12.5
On Fri, Jun 29, 2001 at 02:39:00AM -0700, Dan Kegel wrote:
> At work I had to sit through a meeting where I heard
> the boss say "If Linux makes Sybase go through the page cache on
> reads, maybe we'll just have to switch to Solaris. That's
> a serious performance problem."
> All I could say was "I expect Linux will support O_DIRECT
> soon, and Sybase will support that within a year."
>
> Er, so did I promise too much? Andrea mentioned O_DIRECT recently
> ( http://marc.theaimsgroup.com/?l=linux-kernel&m=99253913516599&w=2,
> http://lwn.net/2001/0510/bigpage.php3 )
> Is it supported yet in 2.4, or is this a 2.5 thing?

all 2.4 kernel in SuSE 7.2 ships with O_DIRECT enabled by default for
ext2, just open your files with O_DIRECT as luser and there you go.
Today I got in my inbox a patch from Chris Wedgwood for reiserfs, and
Andrew Morton took care of ext3 O_DIRECT support (included into the ext3
patch and conditional to #ifdef KERNEL_HAS_O_DIRECT that he asked me to
add to the latest o_direct patches). (you know O_DIRECT is 99% common
code, so supporting new fs is almost a no brainer)

I will send the o_direct patch to Linus for 2.4 too but possibly this is
2.5 material, however I will fully support it for 2.4 too indeed as it
is rock solid and you can just use it in production, same thing that
everybody has to do for rawio in 2.2.

I will release a new patch soon against 2.4.7pre2 in the next aa
patchkit as soon as I finished to synchronize my tree.

Andrea
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