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From the man pages of mount command

sync All I/O to the filesystem should be done synchronously. In the case of media with a limited number of write cycles (e.g. some flash drives), sync may cause life-cycle shortening.

Does this mean that when providing this option in /etc/fstab (given the following definition of sync command)

$ sync --help
Usage: sync [OPTION] [FILE]...
Synchronize cached writes to persistent storage

...caching of contents (i.e. of memory pages created from the contents of the particular device) is prohibited?

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Read caching is not prohibited. Write caching is prohibited. In other words, writes to the device have to be done immediately, so there is no risk of data loss.

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