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Date:   Fri, 19 May 2017 12:48:41 -0400
From:   Colin Walters <>
To:     Colin Walters <>, "Theodore Ts'o" <>
Cc:     "Darrick J. Wong" <>,
        xfs <>,
        "linux-fsdevel" <>,
        "linux-ext4" <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] vfs: freeze filesystems just prior to reboot

On Fri, May 19, 2017, at 12:34 PM, Colin Walters wrote:
> So as far as I can see, a userspace API to ensure the journal is
> flushed on a mounted filesystem is going to be necessary for
> the general case.  I don't have a strong opinion on whether or not
> that's `syncfs()` - if it's e.g. a `XFS_IOC_FREEZE` `_THAW` pair
> that seems OK to me too.

Or (thinking about this more) maybe we indeed could implement that today by pivoting back to
the initramfs, and using umount()+mount() as our "syncfs() + journal flush" implementation.

Basically when we have to update /boot, we unmount, then remount again and add
new kernel+initramfs, unmount, remount and mv(/boot/,/boot/grub2.conf),
then finally unmount again.

In current design this would require keeping the initramfs resident in memory
just for this purpose, or to re-synthesize it on shutdown.

Not impossible, but it'd sure be simpler if say syncfs() had a flags argument
and there were a special "flush the journal" argument for this.

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