|| at Jan 16, 2011 at 8:12 pm
On 1/15/11 4:30 PM, Bruce Momjian wrote:
Josh Berkus wrote:
Last I remember, we were going to add this as an option. But I don't
see a patch in the queue. Am I missing it? Was I supposed to write it?
I don't know, but let me add that I am confused how this would look to
users. In many cases, kernels don't even support O_DIRECT, so what
would we do to specify this? What about just auto-disabling O_DIRECT if
the filesystem does not support it; maybe issue a log message about it.
Yes, you *are* confused. The problem isn't auto-disabling, we already
do that. The problem is *auto-enabling*; ages ago we made the
assumption that if o_sync was supported, so was o_direct. We've now
found out that's not true on all platforms.
Also, test results show that even when supported, o_direct isn't
necessarily a win. Hence, the additional fsync_method options.