PE1850 / PERC 4e/Si / RHEL4 problem

Jon Etkins jetkins at
Tue May 9 13:33:16 CDT 2006

Actually, it's a correct assumption at the driver level.  The driver
assumes write-through, which means that any data that it passes to what
it sees as a physical disk (but is in fact the cache-backed RAID
controller) is guaranteed to be written to the disk before the I/O is
completed.  The fact that it may actually reside temporarily in the
battery-backed controller cache before actually being written to the
underlying physical media is immaterial to the driver - it's been
delivered to the disk subsystem and WILL be written to the drive.

Jon Etkins
Network & IT Administrator
Austin Logistics, Incorporated
(512) 651-5641

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"Without this information, the block layer assumes "write-through". This
is safe, because the controller has a battery-backed cache.".

Write-through is safe WITHOUT a battery-backed cache--the block layer is
treating you as though you DON'T have one.  The battery-backed cache
protects you in "write-back" mode.

"'s not an error, and it doesn't affect the system."

Other than delaying your boot by at least a minute, only to make an
erroneous assumption.
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