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From Jörg Heinicke (JIRA) <>
Subject [jira] Updated: (TRANSACTION-12) Use NIO for file copying/moving
Date Mon, 08 Jan 2007 22:07:27 GMT


Jörg Heinicke updated TRANSACTION-12:

    Fix Version/s: 2.0

For the moment I'd postpone this one after a possible refactoring. But if you provide a more
or less backwards compatible way it can go into an earlier release as well ;)

> Use NIO for file copying/moving
> -------------------------------
>                 Key: TRANSACTION-12
>                 URL:
>             Project: Commons Transaction
>          Issue Type: Wish
>    Affects Versions: 1.2
>            Reporter: Holger Hoffstätte
>             Fix For: 2.0
>         Attachments: moveByRenameAndNIO.txt
> The Mule project ( is considering adoption of commons-transaction
for (among other things) file transactions. Unfortunately inspection of the code reveals that
FileHelper copies files in the slowest possible way (traditional Java I/O via Input/OutputStreams).
Since some of our users move lots and/or large files (hundreds of megabytes to gigabytes)
we implemented file moving by rename (atomic and obviously very fast when source and target
are on the same filesystem) and NIO as backup strategy (a lot less CPU usage).
> Attached is a code snippet that outlines the procedure; it would be cool if c-tx could
adopt a similar strategy for moving via rename-first and copy via NIO. I do not know if and
how this might conflict with c-tx's "transactional" behaviour and recovery but then again
it is just a suggestion. :-)

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