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SubjectRe: Zero length files - an alternative approach?
Graham Murray wrote:
> Just a thought on the ongoing discussion of dataloss with ext4 vs ext3.
>
> Taking the common scenario:
> Read oldfile
> create newfile file
> write newfile data
> close newfile
> rename newfile to oldfile
>
> When using this scenario, the application writer wants to ensure that
> either the old or new content are present. With delayed allocation, this
> can lead to zero length files. Most of the suggestions on how to address
> this have involved syncing the data either before the rename or making
> the rename sync the data.
>
> What about, instead of 'bringing forward' the allocation and flushing of
> the data, would it be possible to instead delay the rename until after
> the blocks for newfile have been allocated and the data buffers flushed?
> This would keep the performance benefits of delayed allocation etc and
> also satisfy the applications developers' apparent dislike of using
> fsync(). It would give better performance that syncing the data at
> rename time (either using fsync() or automatically) and satisfy the
> requirements that either the old or new content is present.
>
> I am not a filesystem developer, so do not know how feasible this would
> be.
>

This has been suggested, I believe. In filesystem terms, it means
inserting a barrier before the rename operation, meaning that any write
operations needed to carry out the rename must not take place until all
write operations from the previous calls have completed.


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