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Bug 592961 - ext3: fsync() does not flush disk caches
Summary: ext3: fsync() does not flush disk caches
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5
Classification: Red Hat
Component: kernel
Version: 5.4
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: rc
: ---
Assignee: Eric Sandeen
QA Contact: Igor Zhang
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2010-05-17 13:36 UTC by Andreas Luik
Modified: 2011-01-13 21:32 UTC (History)
3 users (show)

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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2011-01-13 21:32:20 UTC
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Red Hat Product Errata RHSA-2011:0017 0 normal SHIPPED_LIVE Important: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.6 kernel security and bug fix update 2011-01-13 10:37:42 UTC

Description Andreas Luik 2010-05-17 13:36:49 UTC
Description of problem:

fsync() on a ext3 filesystem does not flush disk caches.  This influences
data consistency, especially for database system like MySQL and PostgreSQL.
This bug has been fixed in kernel patch 2.6.31 via

commit 56fcad29d4b3cbcbb2ed47a9d3ceca3f57175417
Author: Jan Kara <jack@suse.cz>
Date:   Tue Sep 8 14:59:42 2009 +0200

    ext3: Flush disk caches on fsync when needed
    In case we fsync() a file and inode is not dirty, we don't force a transaction
    to disk and hence don't flush disk caches. Thus file data could be just in disk
    caches and not on persistent storage. Fix the problem by flushing disk caches
    if we didn't force a transaction commit.

It would be great if this important fix could be integrated into the
RHEL 5.x kernel line (2.6.18) and made available in the next kernel

Kind regards,
Andreas Luik

Comment 1 Eric Sandeen 2010-05-17 13:53:53 UTC
Agreed, we should probably have this.

Note that the behavior is only in effect if barriers are turned on, which is still not the default upstream or in rhel5.


Comment 2 RHEL Program Management 2010-05-20 12:49:38 UTC
This request was evaluated by Red Hat Product Management for inclusion in a Red
Hat Enterprise Linux maintenance release.  Product Management has requested
further review of this request by Red Hat Engineering, for potential
inclusion in a Red Hat Enterprise Linux Update release for currently deployed
products.  This request is not yet committed for inclusion in an Update

Comment 7 Jarod Wilson 2010-09-10 21:39:51 UTC
in kernel-2.6.18-219.el5
You can download this test kernel from http://people.redhat.com/jwilson/el5

Detailed testing feedback is always welcomed.

Comment 11 errata-xmlrpc 2011-01-13 21:32:20 UTC
An advisory has been issued which should help the problem
described in this bug report. This report is therefore being
closed with a resolution of ERRATA. For more information
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