Re: ext3-2.4-0.9.4

From: Rik van Riel (
Date: Sun Jul 29 2001 - 09:00:34 EST

On Sun, 29 Jul 2001, Matthias Andree wrote:
> On Sat, 28 Jul 2001, Rik van Riel wrote:
> > > The standard is only useful if it specifies how to get data safely on
> > > disk - it is quite explicit for fsync(), but you evidently cannot
> > > fsync() a link().
> >
> > As Linus said, fsync() on the directory.
> Relying on that to work on other operating systems is no better than
> demanding synchronous meta data writes: relying on undocumented
> behaviour.
> If we spake about Linux-specific applications, that'd be okay, but we
> speak about portable applications, and the diversity is bigger than
> useful. Speed is not the only problem the OS has to solve.

I guess many MTAs have a small libc inside of them exactly
in order to handle things like this without fouling up the
core code too much.

Time to make your favorite MTA use link_slowly() ;)



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