Question about Cyrus, ext3, and Linux kernel 2.4.18 bug

Henrique de Moraes Holschuh hmh at
Thu Apr 17 13:29:07 EDT 2003

On Wed, 16 Apr 2003, Lawrence Greenfield wrote:
> All the Linux journalling filesystems implement softupdates-like semantics 
> and do not require an fsync() on a directory to force filenames to disk. 
> There are various reasons why doing so is unreasonable, which is why MTAs 
> and Cyrus refuse to do so.
> I can't think of any sane reason why ext3 authors would want to weaken the 
> semantics they export to applications now.

Nor do I. And even if they did, which I doubt, and survive the ensuring
flamewar from hell, SGI won't do that to their mature XFS filesystem. That
one won't be changing the specs anytime soon...

  "One disk to rule them all, One disk to find them. One disk to bring
  them all and in the darkness grind them. In the Land of Redmond
  where the shadows lie." -- The Silicon Valley Tarot
  Henrique Holschuh

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