Re: Dump corrupts ext2?

Mike Fedyk (
Wed, 10 Oct 2001 17:38:11 -0700

On Wed, Oct 10, 2001 at 07:11:43PM -0400, Doug McNaught wrote:
> Lew Wolfgang <> writes:
> > Hi Folks,
> >
> > I was looking for some scripts to backup ext2 partitions
> > to multiple CDR's when I stumbled onto "cdbackup" at
> >
> >
> > Alas, there is a warning saying:
> >
> > "WARNING! When using this program under Linux, be sure not to use
> > dump with kernels in the 2.4.x series. Using dump on an ext2
> > filesystem has a very high potential for causing filesystem
> > corruption. As of kernel version 2.4.5, this has not been
> > resolved, and it may not be for some time."
> >
> > I don't recall any problems like this, does anyone have
> > additional comments?
> I'm pretty sure this is because dump reads the block device directly
> (which is cached in the buffer cache), while the file data for cached
> files lives in the page cache, and the two caches are no longer
> coherent (as of 2.4).

IIRC, 2.2 didn't have a coherent buffer and page cache also.

I.E. if you "cat /dev/hda > /dev/null" you wouldn't be able to expect any
speedup when reading through the mounted filesystem (except for meta-data?).

Am I wrong? Has Linux ever had a coherent page and buffer cache?
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