|SYNC(2)||Linux Programmer's Manual||SYNC(2)|
NAME¶sync, syncfs - commit buffer cache to disk
Feature Test Macro Requirements for glibc (see feature_test_macros(7)):
_BSD_SOURCE || _XOPEN_SOURCE >= 500 || _XOPEN_SOURCE && _XOPEN_SOURCE_EXTENDED
DESCRIPTION¶sync() causes all buffered modifications to file metadata and data to be written to the underlying file systems.
RETURN VALUE¶syncfs() returns 0 on success; on error, it returns -1 and sets errno to indicate the error.
ERRORS¶sync() is always successful.
- fd is not a valid file descriptor.
VERSIONS¶syncfs() first appeared in Linux 2.6.39; library support was added to glibc in version 2.14.
CONFORMING TO¶sync(): SVr4, 4.3BSD, POSIX.1-2001.
NOTES¶Since glibc 2.2.2 the Linux prototype for sync() is as listed above, following the various standards. In libc4, libc5, and glibc up to 2.2.1 it was "int sync(void)", and sync() always returned 0.
BUGS¶According to the standard specification (e.g., POSIX.1-2001), sync() schedules the writes, but may return before the actual writing is done. However, since version 1.3.20 Linux does actually wait. (This still does not guarantee data integrity: modern disks have large caches.)
SEE ALSO¶bdflush(2), fdatasync(2), fsync(2), sync(8), update(8)
COLOPHON¶This page is part of release 3.44 of the Linux man-pages project. A description of the project, and information about reporting bugs, can be found at http://www.kernel.org/doc/man-pages/.