Transaction ordering

Andreas Dilger adilger at
Thu Apr 29 19:53:45 UTC 2004

On Apr 29, 2004  13:10 -0600, Bruce Guenter wrote:
> If I issue the following sequence of pseudo-syscalls:
> 	fd = open(temp_file, O_WRONLY)
> 	write(fd)
> 	rename(temp_file, dest_file)
> 	fsync(fd)
> 	close(fd)
> (where dest_file is in a different directory)
> Does ext3 order the commit such that the file write effectively happens
> in the journal before the rename?  That is, is there any chance that, if
> a crash occurred, that the destination directory would contain a link to
> an incompletely written file?

If you require such ordering, put the fsync before the rename.

Cheers, Andreas
Andreas Dilger

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