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Re: [linux-lvm] LVM on SATA/PATA disks



Bryn M. Reeves wrote:
> David Brown wrote:
> > Of course, any of the re-ordering (SCSI TCQ, or SATA NCQ) requires
> > filesystem and driver support of write barriers for reliability.
> > Write barriers are not implement in DM, hence LVM, so there is a
>
> Only the dm-mpath and dm-snap targets treat barrier bios specially (they
> return EOPNOTSUPP). Other dm targets pass the barriers on to the
> underlying devices unchanged.

A simple lvm volume, mounted with XFS gives the following kernel
message:

 Filesystem "dm-11": Disabling barriers, not supported by the underlying
device
XFS mounting filesystem dm-11

so I'm fairly sure that the write barriers don't work.  This is the
2.6.20 kernel.  XFS is the only filesystem nice enough to warn you
that the result might not be as reliable.

Dave


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