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SubjectRe: [PATCH 5/7] vfs: Add wbcflush sysfs knob to disable storage device writeback cache flushes
On Mon, Mar 30 2009, Bartlomiej Zolnierkiewicz wrote:
> On Monday 30 March 2009, Fernando Luis Vázquez Cao wrote:
> > Add a sysfs knob to disable storage device writeback cache flushes.
>
> The horde of casual desktop users (with me included) would probably prefer
> having two settings -- one for filesystem barriers and one for fsync().
>
> IOW I prefer higher performance at the cost of risking losing few last
> seconds/minutes of work in case of crash / powerfailure but I would still
> like to have the filesystem in the consistent state after such accident.

The knob is meant to control whether we really need to send a flush to
the device or not, so it's an orthogonal issue to what you are talking
about. For battery backed caches, we never need to flush. This knob is
useful IFF we have devices with write back caches that STILL do a cache
flush.

As such, I'd also prefer waiting with adding such a knob until such a
device has actually be observed. No point in adding something just in
case it may exist. And even then, it's probably even better handled in
the driver.

--
Jens Axboe

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