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From "Bernd Eckenfels (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Created: (JCR-2819) FileDataStore not crash safe
Date Tue, 23 Nov 2010 21:42:17 GMT
FileDataStore not crash safe
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                 Key: JCR-2819
                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/JCR-2819
             Project: Jackrabbit Content Repository
          Issue Type: Bug
          Components: jackrabbit-core
    Affects Versions: 2.1.2
         Environment: All
            Reporter: Bernd Eckenfels
            Priority: Minor


The FileDataStore.addRecord() does create a temporary file and rename it to the final location.
On a crash, this can result in a file which is renamed but the content is still empty. This
especially happens on systems where data in the filesystem is not journaled. You can resolve
this problem by calling the fdsync() method of the operating system before renaming the file.
Typically in Java this is done by first flushing all the Java buffers (i.e. calling flush()
on the highest output stream), and then using the getFD().sync(); method on the FileOutputStream.

Note: this introduced some delay/additional IO load on the system, therefore I think it might
be best to make it configurable. But I think in some environments the additional reliability
is badly needed.

Sample patch without configuration parameter added.

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