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Re: [patch] fix the ext3 data=journal unmount bug

Chris Mason wrote:
> On Fri, 2002-12-06 at 14:12, Andrew Morton wrote:
> >
> > It won't.  There isn't really a sane way of doing this properly unless
> > we do something like:
> >
> > 1) Add a new flag to the superblock
> > 2) Set that flag against all r/w superblocks before starting the sync
> > 3) Use that flag inside the superblock walk.
> >
> > That would provide a reasonable solution, but I don't believe we
> > need to go to those lengths in 2.4, do you?
> Grin, I'm partial to changing sync_supers to allow the FS to leave
> s_dirt set in its write_super call.

That doesn't sound like a simplification ;)

> I see what ext3 gains from your current patch in the unmount case, but
> the sync case is really unchanged because of interaction with kupdate.

True.  And I'd like /bin/sync to _really_ be synchronous because
I use `reboot -f' all the time.  Even though SuS-or-POSIX say that
sync() only needs to _start_ the IO.  That's rather silly.
> Other filesystems trying to use the sync_fs() call might think adding
> one is enough to always get called on sync, and I think that will lead
> to unreliable sync implementations.

OK.  How about we do it that way in in 2.5 and then look at a backport?
With the steps I propose above, filesystems which don't implement
sync_fs would see no changes, so it should be safe.

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