ext4 and data consistency
Posted May 14, 2010 19:15 UTC (Fri) by nix
In reply to: ext4 and data consistency
Parent article: The Next3 filesystem
That's why robustness is so hard -- it's almost impossible to test. That doesn't mean it isn't important. All it takes is one power failure with just the right timing to trash a datastore.
Virtualization and CoW should have made this much, much easier to test in a finegrained fashion; halt the VM you're using to do the testing, CoW the file, start a new VM using the CoWed copy and mount it; note if it failed and if so how, kill the VM, remove the CoWed copy of the file and let the VM run for another few milliseconds (or, if you're being completely pedantic, another instruction!)
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