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Re: IDE write cache and journaling file systems

To: Jens Axboe <axboe@xxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: IDE write cache and journaling file systems
From: Steve Lord <lord@xxxxxxx>
Date: 18 Apr 2002 11:04:03 -0500
Cc: Andi Kleen <ak@xxxxxxx>, Jim Buzbee <James.Buzbee@xxxxxxxxxxxx>, XFS List <linux-xfs@xxxxxxxxxxx>
In-reply-to: <20020418160344.GM2492@suse.de>
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On Thu, 2002-04-18 at 11:03, Jens Axboe wrote:
> On Thu, Apr 18 2002, Andi Kleen wrote:
> > > 
> > > Andi Kleen was experimenting with the ide cache flushing code in the
> > > Suse kernel and adding some flushing calls to XFS. We talked about
> > > the right place to add them, I am not sure if he has tried it yet.
> > 
> > I've tried it and also got it to work in an experimental state, but decided
> > to rewrite it to use barriers instead. I didn't yet get around to do this 
> > rewrite. The reason for the rewrite is that just doing the flush slows
> > it down a lot.
> 
> Using barriers is surely the right approach, and lets the kernel use
> flushes or tag barriers as provided by the hardware.
> 
> > It requires considerable infrastructure not in the standard kernel.
> 
> ? Both the SuSE kernel has the infrastructure, and the 2.5 kernels so as
> well.

Unless I am mistaken, Jim is tied down to a fairly old kernel.

Steve


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