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Re: dd PATCH: add conv=direct

From: Paul Eggert
Subject: Re: dd PATCH: add conv=direct
Date: Wed, 07 Apr 2004 13:46:31 -0700
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Andrew Morton <address@hidden> writes:

> In 2.6 we do the check at open() and fcntl() time.  In 2.4 we don't
> fail until the actual I/O attempt.

This raises the issue of what "dd conv=direct" should do in 2.4
kernels.  I propose that it should report an error and exit, when the
write fails, since conv=direct can't be implemented.  The basic idea
is that on systems that lack direct I/O, conv=direct should fail.

Another issue with this patch: in Solaris, direct I/O is done by
invoking directio(DIRECTIO_ON); see
Is Solaris direct I/O a direct analog to Linux direct I/O, or are
there subtle differences in semantics that should be made visible to
the users of GNU "dd"?

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