I'm setting up a web farm with a number of Linux machines (ia32) attached
via FC-AL to a shared SAN. There are 3 web servers, one of them mounts
the filesystem read/write, the other 2 read/only. (Filesystem is
Everything works "fine", until of course I try to modify files on the r/w
server. Then we start seeing cache incoherency - the r/o systems now have
"stale" information cached. Old versions of files and directories are not
I'm looking for a way to flush or invalidate the cache on the block
device/filesystem, so that the system is forced to go all the way to the
disk. Unmounting and remounting would accomplish this, of course, but
that's tough to do in production.
This is a "read-mostly" application - I really only need to update the
filesystem once a day or so - but I'd like to find a nice way to do it,
without having to use NFS.
More info, if needed: Running Linux 2.4.18 (under Debian woody.) Using
the qla2200 driver from Qlogic, although I don't think that matters - it
looks like the caching happens in the VFS somewhere...
I've tried blockdev --flushbufs, which appears to do a BLKFLSBUF, but that
seems to be equivalent to "sync" - just pushes the dirty buffers to disk,
which doesn't help me.
Looking in fs/dcache.c, I see shrink_dcache_sb(struct super_block *),
which *might* do what I want, but there doesn't seem to be any way to call
that from user-land. And that probably just updates the dentries - I
don't know if that has any effect on the file data.
Hoping someone with more kernel experience can enlighten me -
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