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SubjectRe: [PATCH] laptop mode
On Thu, Oct 09 2003, Marcelo Tosatti wrote:
>
>
> On Thu, 9 Oct 2003, Jeff Garzik wrote:
>
> > Linux Kernel Mailing List wrote:
> > > ChangeSet 1.1150.1.52, 2003/10/08 10:49:45-03:00, axboe@suse.de
> > >
> > > [PATCH] laptop mode
> > >
> > > Hi Marcelo,
> > >
> > > Lots of people have been using this patch with great success, and it's
> > > been in the SuSE kernel for some months now too. It is also in the -benh
> > > ppc tree
> > >
> > > Basically, it introduces a write back mode of dirty and journal data
> > > that is more suitable for laptops. At the block layer end, it schedules
> > > write out of dirty data after the disk has been idle for 5 seconds.
> > >
> > > Laptop mode can be switched on and off with /proc/sys/vm/laptop_mode.
> > > There is also a block_dump sysctl, which if enabled will dump who
> > > dirties and writes out data. This is very helpful in pinning down who is
> > > causing unnecessary writes to the disk.
> >
> > Red Hat just dropped this patch since it was suspected of data
> > corruption ;-(
>
> Uh, oh... Jens?

See my previous mail. I don't see any problems with it, and I've
certainly not heard of (or experienced myself) problems with the patch.
I'm waiting for Jeff to expand on his mail, surely he/RH must know more
about this issue.

--
Jens Axboe

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