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From Mark Hammond <>
Subject Re: Windows file handling problems (was: Windows 0.11 snapshot)
Date Sun, 14 Mar 2010 22:04:00 GMT
On 15/03/2010 12:43 AM, Juhani Ränkimies wrote:
> On Sat, Feb 27, 2010 at 1:00 AM, Mark Hammond<>  wrote:
>> The root of this strategy comes from a realization that if a file is opened
>> on windows with FILE_SHARE_DELETE, the file can be deleted *or renamed*
>> while it is open.  One limitation is that a file of the same name can not be
>> re-created while the old one still has handles open (the 'deleted but still
>> open' file still appears in directory listings until the handle is closed,
>> for example)
>> Given this, what we can do is something like:
>> * Arrange for erlang to be able to open the DB and view files with this
>> flag.
>> * Instead of deleting a file before replacing it, we first rename the file
>> to a unique name (ie, based on a UUID) in a special directory.
>> * As couch starts up, attempt to delete any old files in this special
>> directory.  In theory, no such files should exist - the OS should take care
>> of actually removing any such files even if erlang crashes.
>> The end result of this is that things can be made to work with a lot less
>> friction than the 'file versioning' scheme.  I've a patch to couchdb that
>> works when used with a patch to erlang to open *all* files with that flag.
> Is the couchdb patch available somewhere?

I just uploaded it to



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