View Full Version : Disabling buffer commits?

24-11-2001, 03:27 AM
Ok geeks. Answer this one.
When I go My Computer: Properties: Performance: File System: Troubleshooting, my checkbox for 'disable synchronous buffer commits' is ticked. Why? and should it be?
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24-11-2001, 06:21 AM

Are you asking WHY it is checked?

Easy. Someone clicked on it, then clicked OK.

But seriously, some apps prefer it. I disable it with accounting software sometimes as the program thinks it has written something it hasn't, and that can get ugly should something rare and unusual happen (like a crash in Windows).


24-11-2001, 08:11 AM
Using this option causes the 'Commit File' API to initiate a write of the uncommitted (dirty) buffers to disk, but does not wait for the write to be completed. This means that when the API returns, the data may not yet be on the physical disk.

Using this option will not increase performance for most programs and may cause file integrity problems for any programs that expect data to be committed to disk. You should use this option only when you are troubleshooting performance problems with certain programs that require it.

And if any of that really made any sense to you, you're a better geek than I.