gd_metaflush man page

gd_metaflush — write modified dirfile metadata to disk


#include <getdata.h>

int gd_metaflush(DIRFILE *dirfile);


The gd_metaflush() function flushes all pending metadata changes in the dirfile specified by dirfile to disk. This is accomplished by re-writing the format specification fragments containing modified metadata, overwriting the existing files. Format file fragments which are unchanged are not touched.

Metadata is written to disk using the current Standards Version as stored in the dirfile object. See gd_dirfile_standards(3) to change or report the current Standards Version. If the dirfile metadata conforms to no known Standards Version, a Standards non-compliant fragment will be written.

This function flushes only metadata. To flush the field data as well, call gd_sync(3) instead.

Return Value

On success, zero is returned. On error, -1 is returned and the dirfile error is set to a non-zero error value. Possible error values are:

The supplied dirfile was opened in read-only mode.
The library was unable to allocate memory.
The supplied dirfile was invalid.
An I/O error occurred while trying to write modified metadata to disk.
While attempting to flush modified metadata to disk, a field specification line exceeded the maximum allowed length. On most platforms, the maximum length is at least 2**31 bytes, so this typically indicates something pathological happening.

The dirfile error may be retrieved by calling gd_error(3). A descriptive error string for the last error encountered can be obtained from a call to gd_error_string(3).


When writing metadata using Standards Version 4 or earlier, the reference field may change, owing to the lack of a /REFERENCE directive. A work-around is to upgrade to Standards Version 5 or later.

See Also

gd_open(3), gd_close(3), gd_dirfile_standards(3), gd_error(3), gd_error_string(3), gd_rewrite_fragment(3), gd_sync(3)

Referenced By

gd_add(3), gd_add_alias(3), gd_add_bit(3), gd_add_spec(3), gd_alter_bit(3), gd_alter_entry(3), gd_alter_spec(3), gd_cbopen(3), gd_delete(3), gd_dirfile_standards(3), gd_flags(3), gd_flush(3), gd_madd_bit(3), gd_move(3), gd_put_string(3), gd_reference(3), gd_rename(3), gd_rewrite_fragment(3).

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GETDATA Version 0.9.0 16 October 2014