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NAME

       sync - synchronize data on disk with memory

SYNOPSIS

       sync [--help] [--version]

DESCRIPTION

       sync writes any data buffered in memory out to disk.  This can include (but is not limited
       to) modified superblocks, modified inodes, and delayed reads and  writes.   This  must  be
       implemented  by  the kernel; The sync program does nothing but exercise the sync(2) system
       call.

       The kernel keeps data in memory to avoid doing (relatively slow) disk  reads  and  writes.
       This  improves  performance,  but  if  the  computer crashes, data may be lost or the file
       system corrupted as a result.  sync ensures that everything in memory is written to disk.

       sync should be called before the processor is halted in an unusual  manner  (e.g.,  before
       causing  a kernel panic when debugging new kernel code).  In general, the processor should
       be halted using the shutdown(8) or reboot(8) or halt(8) commands, which  will  attempt  to
       put  the  system in a quiescent state before calling sync(2).  (Various implementations of
       these commands exist; consult your documentation; on some  systems  one  should  not  call
       reboot(8) and halt(8) directly.)

OPTIONS

       --help Print a usage message on standard output and exit successfully.

       --version
              Print version information on standard output, then exit successfully.

       --     Terminate option list.

ENVIRONMENT

       The variables LANG, LC_ALL, LC_CTYPE, and LC_MESSAGES have the usual meaning.

CONFORMING TO

       POSIX.2.

NOTES

       On  Linux,  sync  is  only  guaranteed  to  schedule  the dirty blocks for writing; it can
       actually take a short time before all the blocks are finally written.  The  reboot(8)  and
       halt(8)  commands  take  this  into  account  by  sleeping for a few seconds after calling
       sync(2).

       This page describes sync as found in the fileutils-4.0 package; other versions may  differ
       slightly.

SEE ALSO

       sync(2), halt(8), reboot(8), update(8)

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