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BDFLUSH(2)                 Linux Programmer's Manual                BDFLUSH(2)



NAME
       bdflush - start, flush(8,n), or tune buffer-dirty-flush daemon

SYNOPSIS
       int bdflush(int func, long *address);
       int bdflush(int func, long data);

DESCRIPTION
       bdflush  starts, flushes, or tunes the buffer-dirty-flush daemon.  Only
       a privileged process (one with the CAP_SYS_ADMIN capability)  may  call
       bdflush.

       If  func is negative or 0, and no daemon has been started, then bdflush
       enters the daemon code and never returns.

       If func is 1, some dirty buffers are written to disk.

       If func is 2 or more and is even (low bit is 0), then  address  is  the
       address of a long word, and the tuning parameter numbered (func-2)/2 is
       returned to the caller in(1,8) that address.

       If func is 3 or more and is odd (low bit is 1), then  data  is  a  long
       word,  and the kernel sets tuning parameter numbered (func-3)/2 to that
       value.

       The set(7,n,1 builtins) of parameters, their values, and their legal ranges are defined
       in(1,8) the kernel source file(1,n) fs/buffer.c.

RETURN VALUE
       If  func  is  negative or 0 and the daemon successfully starts, bdflush
       never returns.  Otherwise, the return value is 0 on success and  -1  on
       failure, with errno set(7,n,1 builtins) to indicate the error.

ERRORS
       EBUSY  An  attempt  was  made  to  enter  the daemon code after another
              process has already entered.

       EFAULT address points outside your accessible address space.

       EINVAL An attempt was made to read(2,n,1 builtins) or write(1,2) an invalid  parameter  num-
              ber, or to write(1,2) an invalid value to a parameter.

       EPERM  Caller does not have the CAP_SYS_ADMIN capability.

CONFORMING TO
       bdflush  is  Linux specific and should not be used in(1,8) programs intended
       to be portable.

SEE ALSO
       fsync(2), sync(1,2,8)(2), sync(1,2,8)(8), update(7,n)(8)



Linux 2.6.7                       2004-06-17                        BDFLUSH(2)

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