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From Daniel Noll <dan...@nuix.com.au>
Subject Re: Is it possible to force read-only mode?
Date Sun, 19 Jun 2005 23:21:31 GMT
Daniel John Debrunner wrote:

>>   5. The two hosts might not even be on the same network segment, and
>>      thus would be unable to intercommunicate at all.
>If that's the case then even NFS won't work, right?
Suppose your NFS server is available as and  
Hosts on and can't access each other, but 
they can _certainly_ access the fileserver.

>>It seems like this problem wouldn't exist at all if Derby didn't try to
>>lock the database.  My real question is, if I want to open it in
>>read-only mode anyway, what business does it have locking it from other
>Because the readers wouldn't see a consistent, correct view of the
>database, and may have unpredictable failures. Readers in this case are
>a separate JVM running Derby opening the files in read only mode that
>are in use by another JVM running Derby. This mode is not supported.
>It is not supported because the active Derby engine does not write every
>update to disk as soon as it happens. It uses a write-ahead logging
>(WAL) system which ensures transaction durability without requiring all
>data changes to be made to disk. This is a performance benefit, if a
>transaction modifies, say, five rows then with a WAL scheme only one
>disk i/o is required to commit the transaction. Without WAL there would
>be up to five i/o's to commit.
If someone was going to write to it, it wouldn't be read-only, would 
it?  I did say from the beginning that I wanted to open it in read-only 

I don't understand why this is such a big issue for a filesystem, when 
it allegedly works fine when the database is in a JAR file.  Where is 
your inconsistent state in that case?


Daniel Noll

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