[v2] sync.2: syncfs() now returns errors if writeback fails
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Jeff Layton June 25, 2020, 11:37 p.m. UTC
A patch has been merged for v5.8 that changes how syncfs() reports
errors. Change the sync() manpage accordingly.

Signed-off-by: Jeff Layton <jlayton@kernel.org>
---
 man2/sync.2 | 24 +++++++++++++++++++++++-
 1 file changed, 23 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)

 v2: update the NOTES verbiage according to Eric's suggestion

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Michael Kerrisk (man-pages) June 26, 2020, 9:06 a.m. UTC | #1
Hi Jeff,

On 6/26/20 1:37 AM, Jeff Layton wrote:
> A patch has been merged for v5.8 that changes how syncfs() reports
> errors. Change the sync() manpage accordingly.
> 
> Signed-off-by: Jeff Layton <jlayton@kernel.org>

Thanks. Patch applied. (I've not yet pushed it, in case any 
review comments might still come in.)

Cheers,

Michael

> ---
>  man2/sync.2 | 24 +++++++++++++++++++++++-
>  1 file changed, 23 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)
> 
>  v2: update the NOTES verbiage according to Eric's suggestion
> 
> diff --git a/man2/sync.2 b/man2/sync.2
> index 7198f3311b05..61e994c5affc 100644
> --- a/man2/sync.2
> +++ b/man2/sync.2
> @@ -86,11 +86,26 @@ to indicate the error.
>  is always successful.
>  .PP
>  .BR syncfs ()
> -can fail for at least the following reason:
> +can fail for at least the following reasons:
>  .TP
>  .B EBADF
>  .I fd
>  is not a valid file descriptor.
> +.TP
> +.B EIO
> +An error occurred during synchronization.
> +This error may relate to data written to any file on the filesystem, or on
> +metadata related to the filesytem itself.
> +.TP
> +.B ENOSPC
> +Disk space was exhausted while synchronizing.
> +.TP
> +.BR ENOSPC ", " EDQUOT
> +Data was written to a files on NFS or another filesystem which does not
> +allocate space at the time of a
> +.BR write (2)
> +system call, and some previous write failed due to insufficient
> +storage space.
>  .SH VERSIONS
>  .BR syncfs ()
>  first appeared in Linux 2.6.39;
> @@ -121,6 +136,13 @@ or
>  .BR syncfs ()
>  provide the same guarantees as fsync called on every file in
>  the system or filesystem respectively.
> +.PP
> +In mainline kernel versions prior to 5.8,
> +.\" commit 735e4ae5ba28c886d249ad04d3c8cc097dad6336
> +.BR syncfs ()
> +will only fail when passed a bad file descriptor (EBADF). In 5.8
> +and later kernels, it will also report an error if one or more inodes failed
> +to be written back since the last syncfs call.
>  .SH BUGS
>  Before version 1.3.20 Linux did not wait for I/O to complete
>  before returning.
>

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diff --git a/man2/sync.2 b/man2/sync.2
index 7198f3311b05..61e994c5affc 100644
--- a/man2/sync.2
+++ b/man2/sync.2
@@ -86,11 +86,26 @@  to indicate the error.
 is always successful.
 .PP
 .BR syncfs ()
-can fail for at least the following reason:
+can fail for at least the following reasons:
 .TP
 .B EBADF
 .I fd
 is not a valid file descriptor.
+.TP
+.B EIO
+An error occurred during synchronization.
+This error may relate to data written to any file on the filesystem, or on
+metadata related to the filesytem itself.
+.TP
+.B ENOSPC
+Disk space was exhausted while synchronizing.
+.TP
+.BR ENOSPC ", " EDQUOT
+Data was written to a files on NFS or another filesystem which does not
+allocate space at the time of a
+.BR write (2)
+system call, and some previous write failed due to insufficient
+storage space.
 .SH VERSIONS
 .BR syncfs ()
 first appeared in Linux 2.6.39;
@@ -121,6 +136,13 @@  or
 .BR syncfs ()
 provide the same guarantees as fsync called on every file in
 the system or filesystem respectively.
+.PP
+In mainline kernel versions prior to 5.8,
+.\" commit 735e4ae5ba28c886d249ad04d3c8cc097dad6336
+.BR syncfs ()
+will only fail when passed a bad file descriptor (EBADF). In 5.8
+and later kernels, it will also report an error if one or more inodes failed
+to be written back since the last syncfs call.
 .SH BUGS
 Before version 1.3.20 Linux did not wait for I/O to complete
 before returning.