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From Michael McCandless <>
Subject Re: Option to fsync files
Date Wed, 19 Nov 2008 16:46:28 GMT

Mark Miller wrote:

> It is dangerous, but probably not any more dangerous than using a  
> consumer hard drive that lies to sync (don't know the numbers, but I  
> have to assume some/many are doing this with Lucene - in which case  
> you pay perf for a false sense of security<g>).

Well, if the consumer drive is in fact lying, then sync should be  
wicked fast ;)  So you get a false sense of security without paying  

> Not a real suggestion at this point though. Just thinking about some  
> of the reports I have seen of much slower indexing with 2.4 (the  
> latest being to the solr list today). Can't imagine why someone  
> would see such a drastic change (I imagine you could imagine a lot  
> better), other than maybe the sync is hobbling their specific  
> situation (in which case i'd guess its not lying if it where going  
> to be so slow though <g> Or its AIX or something <g>). Would be cool  
> to be able to flip it off and test. Sounds like thats simple enough  
> already  though. I could whip up an off for solr testing easy enough.

Yeah let's dig down and get to the root cause here -- if turning off  
sync in fact fixes the slowdown we should understand why sync is being  
called so often.


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