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Re: syncing a directory
On Thu, Jul 10, 2008 at 07:47:42AM +0000, Andrew Doran wrote:
> On Wed, Jul 09, 2008 at 03:42:27PM -0700, Jason Thorpe wrote:
> > On Jul 9, 2008, at 9:40 AM, Edgar Fu? wrote:
> > >Is there a way (other than sync()) to make sure a rename() has made
> > >it to non-volatile storage?
> > >
> > >Dovecot wants to be sure that having moved a file from (maildir)
> > >tmp/ to new/ is going to survive a crash before reporting success to
> > >the client. The (possible Linuxish) way it attempts to do this is to
> > >open the directory (O_RDONLY, of course) and then fsync()ing the
> > >file handle. Set aside the question whether this does anything
> > >useful on Linux, NetBSD objects, presumably because fsync() on a
> > >read-only descriptor doesn't make sense.
> > >
> > >I know well that metadata writes used to be synchronous anyway, but
> > >they are no more in the age of soft updates.
> > It's not in non-volatile storage unless you also tell the disk to
> > flush its cache. NetBSD does not currently have a file descriptor-
> > based API to do that.
> Actually, we do have that: fsync_range(fd, FDISKSYNC, ...).
I thought while we do have an API, we do not have a reliable
implementation, because we cannot reliably flush the write cache on
many disks, especially those that are connected through inexpensive
David Young OJC Technologies
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