Re: Dump corrupts ext2?

From: Doug McNaught (
Date: Wed Oct 10 2001 - 18:55:16 EST

Andreas Dilger <> writes:

> On Oct 10, 2001 19:11 -0400, Doug McNaught wrote:
> > I'm pretty sure this is because dump reads the block device directly
> > (which is cached in the buffer cache), while the file data for cached
> > files lives in the page cache, and the two caches are no longer
> > coherent (as of 2.4).
> In Linus kernels 2.4.11+ the block devices and filesystems all use the
> page cache, so no more coherency issues.

You're right, of course. But for most of the lifetime of 2.4 the
above was true...

> Also, I don't think this ever had the potential to corrupt the filesystem,
> but maybe make a slightly bad backup.

Right, might corrupt the dump, but shouldn't hurt the filesystem.


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   --T. J. Jackson, 1863
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