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AW: FSFS nosync

From: Markus Schaber <m.schaber_at_3s-software.com>
Date: Fri, 16 Dec 2011 08:30:43 +0000


Von: Branko Čibej [mailto:brane_at_xbc.nu]
>On 15.12.2011 23:38, Stefan Sperling wrote:
>> On Thu, Dec 15, 2011 at 04:04:13PM -0600, Peter Samuelson wrote:
>>> [Philip Martin]
>>>> If we had such a flag in fsfs.conf (Stefan suggests
>>>> "eat-my-data=yes") the code could write all the same data in the
>>>> same order but avoid making any flush calls thus allowing the OS to
>>>> order physical writes for optimum speed.
>>> Given the main use case is a distinct svnadmin operation, we could
>>> just recommend the 'eatmydata' binary (I'm guessing this is what
>>> Stefan was thinking of when he suggested that option name) which uses
>>> an ELF preload trick to transparently disable syscalls like fsync()
>>> and fdatasync().
>>> http://packages.debian.org/sid/eatmydata
>>> https://launchpad.net/libeatmydata
>>> It apparently works on Linux and Solaris. Don't know if that's
>>> enough coverage for general interest.
>> Yes, this is what inspired the idea in the first place and where the
>> suggestion for the option name comes from (it was actually Philip who
>> brought it up, not me).
>> Even though the eatmydata code base is small and looks easily portable
>> I'd be in favour in an implementation that's native to svnadmin
>> without the need to use an ld preload hack.

>There ain't no ld-preload hacks on Windows.

There are:

But I admit that none of them is a suitable replacement in our use case.

Best regards

Markus Schaber

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