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SubjectRe: Block device invalidate cached blocks
>I'm working on a block device driver for linux. 
>
>Linux caches the blocks read from my block device, which is fine. I've
>mounted a read-only filesystem on the block device. But sometimes on
>the back end the file system will change. Is there a way I can cause the
>kernel to just flush all its cached blocks? Or even better invalidate
>just the few blocks that have changed?
>
>Thanks--
>Dave


After some hunting (kernel hackers guide proved fruitless, web searches
were the same, looked in fs/buffer.c and found
void invalidate_bdev(struct block_device *bdev, int destroy_dirty_buffers);

Found use of it in block_dev.c:

/* Kill _all_ buffers, dirty or not.. */
static void kill_bdev(struct block_device *bdev)
{
invalidate_bdev(bdev, 1);
truncate_inode_pages(bdev->bd_inode->i_mapping, 0);
}

So hopefully I can just invalidate the block device when I need to.

-Dave
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