bdflush

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



NAME
       bdflush - start, flush, or tune buffer-dirty-flush daemon

SYNOPSIS
       #include <sys/kdaemon.h>

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

DESCRIPTION
       Note: Since Linux 2.6, this system call is deprecated and does nothing.
       It is likely to disappear altogether in a future kernel release.
       Nowadays, the task performed by bdflush() is handled by the kernel
       pdflush thread.

       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 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 of parameters, their values, and their valid ranges are defined
       in the Linux kernel source file 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 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 or write an invalid parameter number,
              or to write an invalid value to a parameter.

       EPERM  Caller does not have the CAP_SYS_ADMIN capability.

VERSIONS
       Since version 2.23, glibc no longer supports this obsolete system call.

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

SEE ALSO
       sync(1), fsync(2), sync(2)

COLOPHON
       This page is part of release 5.10 of the Linux man-pages project.  A
       description of the project, information about reporting bugs, and the
       latest version of this page, can be found at
       https://www.kernel.org/doc/man-pages/.



Linux                              2016-10-08                         BDFLUSH(2)