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From: Ricardo Correia <>
Subject: How to flush the disk write cache from userspace
Date: Sun, 14 Jan 2007 04:05:33 +0000	[thread overview]
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Hi, (please CC: to my email address, I'm not subscribed)

Quick question: how can I flush the disk write cache from userspace?

Long question:

I'm porting the Solaris ZFS filesystem to the FUSE/Linux filesystem framework.
This is a copy-on-write, transactional filesystem and so it needs to ensure 
correct ordering of writes when transactions are written to disk.

At the moment, when transactions end, I'm using a fsync() on the block device 
followed by a ioctl(BLKFLSBUF).

This is because, according to the fsync manpage, even after fsync() returns, 
data might still be in the disk write cache, so fsync by itself doesn't 
guarantee data safety on power failure.

I was looking for something like the Solaris ioctl(DKIOCFLUSHWRITECACHE), 
which does exactly what I need.

The most similar thing I could find was ioctl(BLKFLSBUF), however a search for 
BLKFLSBUF on the Linux 2.6.15 source doesn't seem to return anything related 
to IDE or SCSI disks.

Can I trust ioctl(BLKFLSBUF) to flush disks' write caches (for disks that 
follow the specs)?

What about block devices of disk partitions, LVM logical volumes and the EMVS 
volumes, do they propagate flush commands to the respective disks?

What about loop devices?

Thanks in advance.

             reply	other threads:[~2007-01-14  4:12 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 5+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2007-01-14  4:05 Ricardo Correia [this message]
2007-01-16  0:38 ` Jens Axboe
2007-01-18  1:15   ` Ricardo Correia
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2007-01-19  0:35     ` Robert Hancock
2007-01-21  3:50       ` Jens Axboe

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