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Re: Removable storage devices and sync

Nils Philippsen wrote:
On Thu, 2004-10-28 at 11:30 +0200, Ralf Ertzinger wrote:


I noticed that external storage deviced that are automagically added to
/etc/fstab by hal do not get the sync flag anymore (at least I think they
used to get it). Is this intentional?

I know that sync does not solve all problems with suddenly disappearing
devices, but it sure helps :)

IIRC it depends on the size of the storage, i.e. if it is below a
certain size it won't get moutned sync because then it's probably some
kind of a flash device which can only be written a certain number of
times. In that case, sync is a bad idea because it will wear your device
much faster.
What about noatime for such devices ? Shouldn't that help the wear of such
devices ? Especially since many flash devices have FAT fileystems on them,and
atime seems to be mapped to the other time fields on fat.

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