[zfs-discuss] Write Caching Without BBU

Gordan Bobic gordan.bobic at gmail.com
Fri Aug 16 20:22:22 EDT 2013

I tend to avoid caching controllers, but one fell in my lap the other 
day (LSI 8408E), and it doesn't have a BBU on it, so I'm vaguely curious 
as to just how much damage can one expect to be done to a ZFS pool if 
the power is cut. Is the pool likely to end up completely unrecoverable 
in most cases (with write re-ordering, all bets are off, right?)? Or is 
it mostly going to be a case of importing it with -X and waiting a day 
or two for it to find the last known healthy state?

Of course, one might expect the controller to be smart enough to not 
re-order the writes if there's no BBU even if it is doing the caching, 
but that seems like rather too bold an assumption to be making.


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