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FSYNC(1)                                                       The SuSE boot concept                                                      FSYNC(1)

fsync - synchronize the specified file with storage device SYNOPSIS
fsync file DESCRIPTION
fsync synchronize the in-core state of the specified file with the storage device BUGS
The fsync program uses the fsync(2) function and therefore shows the same weaknesses by any system activity. SEE ALSO
fsync(2), fdatasync(2). COPYRIGHT
2007 Werner Fink, 2007 SuSE GmbH Nuernberg, Germany. AUTHOR
Werner Fink <> 3rd Berkeley Distribution Jun 18, 2007 FSYNC(1)

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FSYNC(2)						     Linux Programmer's Manual							  FSYNC(2)

fsync, fdatasync - synchronize a file's complete in-core state with that on disk SYNOPSIS
#include <unistd.h> int fsync(int fd); int fdatasync(int fd); DESCRIPTION
fsync copies all in-core parts of a file to disk, and waits until the device reports that all parts are on stable storage. It also updates metadata stat information. It does not necessarily ensure that the entry in the directory containing the file has also reached disk. For that an explicit fsync on the file descriptor of the directory is also needed. fdatasync does the same as fsync but only flushes user data, not the meta data like the mtime or atime. RETURN VALUE
On success, zero is returned. On error, -1 is returned, and errno is set appropriately. ERRORS
EBADF fd is not a valid file descriptor open for writing. EROFS, EINVAL fd is bound to a special file which does not support synchronization. EIO An error occurred during synchronization. NOTES
In case the hard disk has write cache enabled, the data may not really be on permanent storage when fsync/fdatasync return. When an ext2 file system is mounted with the sync option, directory entries are also implicitly synced by fsync. On kernels before 2.4, fsync on big files can be inefficient. An alternative might be to use the O_SYNC flag to open(2). CONFORMING TO
POSIX.1b (formerly POSIX.4) SEE ALSO
bdflush(2), open(2), sync(2), mount(8), update(8), sync(8) Linux 1.3.85 2001-04-18 FSYNC(2)
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