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SubjectRe: 2.6.29 -mm merge plans

> > > I'm not sure this is a good idea. Concurrent syncs are a bad idea
> > > to start with and we should just synchronyze do_sync completely.
> > > sync_filesystems as one of the main components of do_sync already
> > > is synchronized in that way, and taking that to a higher level would
> > > get rid of all the worries about concurrent syncs.
> >
> > Yes, single-threading sys_sync() would fix the problem which that patch
> > addresses.
> >
> > However there are a lot of performance and correctness issues around
> > sys_sync()-versus-fsync(), etc for which such a simple fix won't be
> > acceptable.
> fsync should really not much interac with sync at that level. While
> they both end up at same primitives at the lowest level those aren't
> the ones we're trying to protect against. I'm currently in the process
> of a major rework of sys_sync/do_sync to make it work properly for
> modern filesystems and the global synchronization was one of the first
> things I did..
> So if you have any workloads where that causes a problem please send
> them my way. Not that I can really thing of them, given the global
> nature of sys_sync I can't see any benefit of doing multiple of these
> in parallel.

I did play with fsync() a bit, and realized it mostly does not
work. (Yes, I did physically unplug the media). I have some scripts,
and am currently converting them to nbd so that I will not have to
physically pull anything.

Jack has some ext2 fix provoked by those tests...
(cesky, pictures)

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