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authorAndrew Morton <>2006-03-31 02:30:42 -0800
committerLinus Torvalds <>2006-03-31 12:18:54 -0800
commitf79e2abb9bd452d97295f34376dedbec9686b986 (patch)
tree56b9998caa11983556e842fb9a8143d86d765fa3 /mm/fadvise.c
parentd6dfd1310d3562698fd7c3c086f6c239f96394ac (diff)
[PATCH] sys_sync_file_range()
Remove the recently-added LINUX_FADV_ASYNC_WRITE and LINUX_FADV_WRITE_WAIT fadvise() additions, do it in a new sys_sync_file_range() syscall instead. Reasons: - It's more flexible. Things which would require two or three syscalls with fadvise() can be done in a single syscall. - Using fadvise() in this manner is something not covered by POSIX. The patch wires up the syscall for x86. The sycall is implemented in the new fs/sync.c. The intention is that we can move sys_fsync(), sys_fdatasync() and perhaps sys_sync() into there later. Documentation for the syscall is in fs/sync.c. A test app (sync_file_range.c) is in The available-to-GPL-modules do_sync_file_range() is for knfsd: "A COMMIT can say NFS_DATA_SYNC or NFS_FILE_SYNC. I can skip the ->fsync call for NFS_DATA_SYNC which is hopefully the more common." Note: the `async' writeout mode SYNC_FILE_RANGE_WRITE will turn synchronous if the queue is congested. This is trivial to fix: add a new flag bit, set wbc->nonblocking. But I'm not sure that we want to expose implementation details down to that level. Note: it's notable that we can sync an fd which wasn't opened for writing. Same with fsync() and fdatasync()). Note: the code takes some care to handle attempts to sync file contents outside the 16TB offset on 32-bit machines. It makes such attempts appear to succeed, for best 32-bit/64-bit compatibility. Perhaps it should make such requests fail... Cc: Nick Piggin <> Cc: Michael Kerrisk <> Cc: Ulrich Drepper <> Cc: Neil Brown <> Signed-off-by: Andrew Morton <> Signed-off-by: Linus Torvalds <>
Diffstat (limited to 'mm/fadvise.c')
1 files changed, 0 insertions, 20 deletions
diff --git a/mm/fadvise.c b/mm/fadvise.c
index 907c39257ca0..0a03357a1f8e 100644
--- a/mm/fadvise.c
+++ b/mm/fadvise.c
@@ -35,17 +35,6 @@
* LINUX_FADV_ASYNC_WRITE: push some or all of the dirty pages at the disk.
- * LINUX_FADV_WRITE_WAIT, LINUX_FADV_ASYNC_WRITE: push all of the currently
- * dirty pages at the disk.
- *
- * all of the currently dirty pages at the disk, wait until they have been
- * written.
- *
- * It should be noted that none of these operations write out the file's
- * metadata. So unless the application is strictly performing overwrites of
- * already-instantiated disk blocks, there are no guarantees here that the data
- * will be available after a crash.
asmlinkage long sys_fadvise64_64(int fd, loff_t offset, loff_t len, int advice)
@@ -129,15 +118,6 @@ asmlinkage long sys_fadvise64_64(int fd, loff_t offset, loff_t len, int advice)
invalidate_mapping_pages(mapping, start_index,
- ret = __filemap_fdatawrite_range(mapping, offset, endbyte,
- break;
- ret = wait_on_page_writeback_range(mapping,
- offset >> PAGE_CACHE_SHIFT,
- endbyte >> PAGE_CACHE_SHIFT);
- break;
ret = -EINVAL;