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Re: A Question on inode - ext3FS

It's an application issue.  It has to do with how the file is updated.
There are two ways for an editor to update a file:
  write to the file in place, (nostly done with simple appends) or
  write a new version of the file (with a temporary name), then rename the temporary file to replace the old one.

The first method only modifies the existing file, so the Inode number changes the same.

The secondmethod creates a new file (with a different inode number) and then the new file (with the new inode number) replaces the old file.

THe main advantage of the second method is that it's atomic. Either the file is replaced, or it isn't. Thus other users/programs which accesss the file never see intermediate results.  (also the case if the program dies, or the system is reset).

The first method has the advantage that the inode# stays the same, and so any programs which had the old file open will see the updates.  The disadvantate is that if anything goes wrong in the middle of the update, the file could end up in an partial update state.

Remember, the file is nothing more than a collection of bytes.  There's no way to insert a character or two in the middle of the file. You then have to rewrite the entire file from that point on.

On Tue, Nov 25, 2008 at 8:40 PM, lakshmi pathi <lakshmipathi g gmail com> wrote:
I have noticed that whenever you edit a file content,a new inode
number is assigned with the File.
But Sometime file changes the inode number,Sometimes it remains as older inode.

Can anyone please let know the concept behind this - modifing content
changes the file's inode but not all the time?

I'm using Fedora 7  with ext3 file system. (Kernel :

Stephen Samuel http://www.bcgreen.com

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