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FYI: better workaround for updating 'df' info after 'rm' on xfs-vols

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Subject: FYI: better workaround for updating 'df' info after 'rm' on xfs-vols
From: Linda Walsh <xfs@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 25 Feb 2013 17:41:09 -0800
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Some time ago I reported that after I deleted
some large amount of space from one of my xfs volumes,
'df' still showed the original, pre-delete space, though
'du' only showed the expected amount.

Mentioned that I had tried 'sync' to no avail, and had
only found umount/mount to cause the figures to synchronize.

Someone suggested cat [1|3] >/proc/sys/vm/drop_caches.
That works as a 1 time event, but I've found that doing
so only works once/system uptime (if you 'cat' drop_caches'
it retains the last value you put there, and doesn't accept
a new value with fewer bits set than what you echo'd to it
originally (you can change from 1>3, but then not from 3>1 or
(3|1)>0.  So not so useful.

Prob w/unmounting was inuse file descriptors (being exported
by samba to clients being the most likely culprit).

This might not be wise if the FS was actively being written
to for a backup, but temporarily doing a

    mount -o remount,ro /backups && mount -o remount,rw /backups

seemed to do the trick and cause the disk space to update without
me having to stop processes with FD's open on the vol.

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