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Bug#1833: srb@cuci.nl: patch for Debian sysklogd package]

Bruce Perens writes:
> Note that Stephen is the author of the Procmail and SmartList programs
> (which operate our list server). Turning off the fsync is indeed a big
> win on a machine that operates mailing list. There may be 4 syslog() calls
> for each subscriber every time a message goes to a mailing list. This
> ends up being continuous disk rattling.
> This switch solves the immediate problem, but making a way to tune this
> in syslog.conf would be even nicer.

Right.  The best thing I think would be a way to specify that a
particular class of entry should not cause an fsync; the next best
thing would be a way to specify that a particular file should never be


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