bdflush(2) -- Linux man page
NAMEbdflush - start, flush, or tune buffer-dirty-flush daemon
int bdflush(int func, long *address); int bdflush(int func, long data);
DESCRIPTIONbdflush starts, flushes, or tunes the buffer-dirty-flush daemon. Only the super-user may call bdflush.
If func is negative or 0, and no daemon has been started, then bdflush enters the daemon code and never returns.
If func is 1, some dirty buffers are written to disk.
If func is 2 or more and is even (low bit is 0), then address is the address of a long word, and the tuning parameter numbered (func-2)/2 is returned to the caller in that address.
If func is 3 or more and is odd (low bit is 1), then data is a long word, and the kernel sets tuning parameter numbered (func-3)/2 to that value.
RETURN VALUEIf func is negative or 0 and the daemon successfully starts, bdflush never returns. Otherwise, the return value is 0 on success and -1 on failure, with errno set to indicate the error.
- Caller is not super-user.
- address points outside your accessible address space.
- An attempt was made to enter the daemon code after another process has already entered.
- An attempt was made to read or write an invalid parameter number, or to write an invalid value to a parameter.
CONFORMING TObdflush is Linux specific and should not be used in programs intended to be portable.
SEE ALSOfsync(2), sync(2), update(8), sync(8)