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Re: Manual page for mount

From: Bob Proulx
Subject: Re: Manual page for mount
Date: Fri, 9 Dec 2005 19:58:31 -0700
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.9i

All of your discussion about 'mount' sounds great.  But you sent your
message to the bug-coreutils mailing list.  So I have to ask, what led
you to here?

You may want to try the home page:



Jonathan Andrews wrote:
> The "sync" and "async" options have an impact on disk caching, yet the
> manual pages avoid the term "cache" - I assume being careful to be
> general about capabilities of the underlying kernel.
> This does make it difficult for people trying to find options relating
> to disk cache behaviour, could the "sync" and "async" options be changed
> to refer to disk caches explicitly. 
> For example, sync currently reads.
> All I/O to the file system should be done synchronously. In case of
> media with limited number of write cycles (e.g. some flash drives)
> "sync" may cause life-cycle shortening.
> Something like this may be more meaningful to a lot of users, it may
> oversimplify things with the use of the term "cache", but in most cases
> its the reference users are looking (searching) for.
> "All I/O to the file system should be done synchronously. This
> effectively removes kernel disk caching for the device causing more
> writes to occur. Media with limited write cycles, flash for example,
> will age prematurely.
> Thanks,
> Jon

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