On Thu, 14 Jun 2007, Gregory Maxwell wrote:

Linux has some instrumentation that might be useful for this testing,
echo 1 > /proc/sys/vm/block_dump


That bit was developed for tracking down who was spinning the hard drive up out of power saving mode, and I was under the impression that very rough feature isn't useful at all here. I just tried to track down again where I got that impression from, and I think it was this thread:

http://linux.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=231817&cid=18832379

This mentions general issues figuring out who was responsible for a write and specifically mentions how you'll have to reconcile two different paths if fsync is mixed in. Not saying it won't work, it's just obvious using the block_dump output isn't a simple job.

(For anyone who would like an intro to this feature, try http://www.linuxjournal.com/node/7539/print and http://toadstool.se/journal/2006/05/27/monitoring-filesystem-activity-under-linux-with-block_dump )

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