Manpage of SYNC_FILE_RANGE
SYNC_FILE_RANGESection: Linux Programmer's Manual (2)
NAMEsync_file_range - sync a file segment with disk
#define _GNU_SOURCE /* See feature_test_macros(7) */ #include <fcntl.h>int sync_file_range(int fd, off64_t offset, off64_t nbytes, unsigned int flags);
DESCRIPTIONsync_file_range() permits fine control when synchronizing the open file referred to by the file descriptor fdwith disk.
offsetis the starting byte of the file range to be synchronized. nbytesspecifies the length of the range to be synchronized, in bytes; if nbytesis zero, then all bytes from offsetthrough to the end of file are synchronized. Synchronization is in units of the system page size: offsetis rounded down to a page boundary; (offset+nbytes-1)is rounded up to a page boundary.
The flagsbit-mask argument can include any of the following values:
- Wait upon write-out of all pages in the specified range that have already been submitted to the device driver for write-out before performing any write.
- Initiate write-out of all dirty pages in the specified range which are not presently submitted write-out. Note that even this may block if you attempt to write more than request queue size.
- Wait upon write-out of all pages in the range after performing any write.
WarningThis system call is extremely dangerous and should not be used in portable programs. None of these operations writes out the file's metadata. Therefore, unless the application is strictly performing overwrites of already-instantiated disk blocks, there are no guarantees that the data will be available after a crash. There is no user interface to know if a write is purely an overwrite. On filesystems using copy-on-write semantics (e.g., btrfs) an overwrite of existing allocated blocks is impossible. When writing into preallocated space, many filesystems also require calls into the block allocator, which this system call does not sync out to disk. This system call does not flush disk write caches and thus does not provide any data integrity on systems with volatile disk write caches.
Some detailsSYNC_FILE_RANGE_WAIT_BEFOREand SYNC_FILE_RANGE_WAIT_AFTERwill detect any I/O errors or ENOSPCconditions and will return these to the caller.
Useful combinations of the flagsbits are:
- SYNC_FILE_RANGE_WAIT_BEFORE | SYNC_FILE_RANGE_WRITE
- Ensures that all pages in the specified range which were dirty when sync_file_range() was called are placed under write-out. This is a start-write-for-data-integrity operation.
- Start write-out of all dirty pages in the specified range which are not presently under write-out. This is an asynchronous flush-to-disk operation. This is not suitable for data integrity operations.
- SYNC_FILE_RANGE_WAIT_BEFORE (or SYNC_FILE_RANGE_WAIT_AFTER)
- Wait for completion of write-out of all pages in the specified range. This can be used after an earlier SYNC_FILE_RANGE_WAIT_BEFORE | SYNC_FILE_RANGE_WRITEoperation to wait for completion of that operation, and obtain its result.
- SYNC_FILE_RANGE_WAIT_BEFORE | SYNC_FILE_RANGE_WRITE | SYNC_FILE_RANGE_WAIT_AFTER
- This is a write-for-data-integrity operation that will ensure that all pages in the specified range which were dirty when sync_file_range() was called are committed to disk.
RETURN VALUEOn success, sync_file_range() returns 0; on failure -1 is returned and errnois set to indicate the error.
- fdis not a valid file descriptor.
- flagsspecifies an invalid bit; or offsetor nbytesis invalid.
- I/O error.
- Out of memory.
- Out of disk space.
- fdrefers to something other than a regular file, a block device, a directory, or a symbolic link.
VERSIONSsync_file_range() appeared on Linux in kernel 2.6.17.
CONFORMING TOThis system call is Linux-specific, and should be avoided in portable programs.
sync_file_range2()Some architectures (e.g., PowerPC, ARM) need 64-bit arguments to be aligned in a suitable pair of registers. On such architectures, the call signature of sync_file_range() shown in the SYNOPSIS would force a register to be wasted as padding between the fdand offsetarguments. (See syscall(2) for details.) Therefore, these architectures define a different system call that orders the arguments suitably:
int sync_file_range2(int fd, unsigned int flags, off64_t offset, off64_t nbytes);
The behavior of this system call is otherwise exactly the same as sync_file_range().
A system call with this signature first appeared on the ARM architecture in Linux 2.6.20, with the name arm_sync_file_range(). It was renamed in Linux 2.6.22, when the analogous system call was added for PowerPC. On architectures where glibc support is provided, glibc transparently wraps sync_file_range2() under the name sync_file_range().
SEE ALSOfdatasync(2), fsync(2), msync(2), sync(2)
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