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SubjectRe: document ext3 requirements
> >>>>> "Pavel" == Pavel Machek <> writes:
> Pavel> Does this sound like a fair summary?
> Pavel> Sector writes are atomic (ATOMIC-SECTORS)
> Pavel> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
> I'd just like to point out that the all-or-nothing hardware sector
> atomity thing is -- to a large extent -- a myth.

It is a myth that linux filesystems depend on for safe operation :-(.

> It is mostly true on SCSI class devices because various UNIX, RAID array
> and database vendors have spent many years leaning very hard on the
> drive manufacturers to make it so.
> But it's not a hard guarantee, you can't get it in writing, and it's not
> in any of the standards. Hybrid drives with flash had potential to
> close that particular loophole but those appear to be dead in the water.

So "in practice it works but vendors will not guarantee that"?

How much true is it for normal SATA drives? Are there some tests I can
just run on a machine, powercycle it few times, and it tells me if my
disk is non-ATOMIC-SECTORS?
(cesky, pictures)

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