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SubjectRe: Out-of-order writing by disk drives
> Does anyone else here find this rather peculiar?
>
> The folks who actually care about barriers the most
> (apart from kernel developers) are probably enterprise users.
>
> And who is most likely to be using RAID and LVM,
> where barriers generally don't work at all ?

The big enterprise users often have a SAN, so the LVM/RAID part is
hidden somewhere between a block device, together with a lot of
battery backed cache RAM (so that even running uncached is not too bad)
But on the other hand they also have UPSes, so data loss on power failure
might be not that big a problem for them.

Where I see it as a problem is with virtualization; LVM seems to be the
most sane way to manage file systems for lots of VMs and you likely
want barriers there too.

-Andi

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ak@linux.intel.com -- Speaking for myself only.


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