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From Doug Cutting <>
Subject Re: Corrupted index
Date Mon, 11 Apr 2005 18:08:38 GMT
Bill Tschumy wrote:
> So, did this happen because he copied the data while in an inconsistent 
> state?  I'm a bit surprised that an inconsistent index is ever left on 
> disk (except for temporarily while something is being written).  Would 
> this happen if there was a Writer that was not closed?

An index should never be left in an inconsistent state.  After a crash 
lock files may need to be removed, but that's it.

However, backing up an index while it is being modified is tricky, since 
it is a moving target.  At any single point in time the index is 
consistent, but the backup process is not instantaneous, and views the 
index at a number of points in time.


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