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Date:	Thu, 15 Nov 2007 18:59:19 -0800
From:	Andrew Morton <>
To:	Hisashi Hifumi <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] ext3,4:fdatasync should skip metadata writeout

On Fri, 16 Nov 2007 11:47:27 +0900 Hisashi Hifumi <> wrote:

> Currently fdatasync is identical to fsync in ext3,4.
> I think fdatasync should skip journal flush in data=ordered and data=writeback mode
> because this syscall is not required to synchronize the metadata.

I suppose so.  Although one wonders what earthly point there is in syncing
a file's data if we haven't yet written out the metadata which is required
for locating that data.

IOW, fdatasync() is only useful if the application knows that it is overwriting
already-instantiated blocks.

In which case it might as well have used fsync().  For ext2-style filesystems,

hm.  It needs some thought.
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