Ron Mayer wrote:
> Bruce Momjian wrote:
> > Greg Smith wrote:
> >> Bruce Momjian wrote:
> >>> I thought our only problem was testing the I/O subsystem --- I never
> >>> suspected the file system might lie too. That email indicates that a
> >>> large percentage of our install base is running on unreliable file
> >>> systems --- why have I not heard about this before?
> >> he reason why it
> >> doesn't bite more people is that most Linux systems don't turn on write
> >> barrier support by default, and there's a number of situations that can
> >> disable barriers even if you did try to enable them. It's still pretty
> >> unusual to have a working system with barriers turned on nowadays; I
> >> really doubt it's "a large percentage of our install base".
> > Ah, so it is only when write barriers are enabled, and they are not
> > enabled by default --- OK, that makes sense.
> The test program I linked up-thread shows that fsync does nothing
> unless the inode's touched on an out-of-the-box Ubuntu 9.10 using
> ext3 on a straight from Dell system.
> Surely that's a common config, no?
Yea, this certainly suggests that the problem is wide-spread.
Bruce Momjian <bruce(at)momjian(dot)us> http://momjian.us
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