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gd_rewrite_fragment - Man Page

re-write a Dirfile format specification fragment


#include <getdata.h>

int gd_rewrite_fragment(DIRFILE *dirfile, int fragment);


The gd_rewrite_fragment() writes the format specification fragment specified by fragment to disk, regardless of whether it has changed or not, overwriting the existing file.

In addition to being simply a valid fragment index, fragment may also be the special value GD_ALL_FRAGMENTS, which indicates that all fragments should be rewritten.

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.

Return Value

On success, zero is returned.  On error, a negative-valued error code is returned.  Possible error codes are:


The supplied dirfile was opened in read-only mode.


The library was unable to allocate memory.


The supplied dirfile was invalid.


The supplied fragment index was out of range.


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 error code is also stored in the DIRFILE object and may be retrieved after this function returns by calling gd_error(3). A descriptive error string for the error may be obtained by calling 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.


The gd_rewrite_fragment() function appeared in GetData-0.7.0.

In GetData-0.10.0, the error return from this function changed from -1 to a negative-valued error code.

See Also

gd_close(3), gd_dirfile_standards(3), gd_error(3), gd_error_string(3), gd_flush(3), gd_metaflush(3), gd_open(3)

Referenced By

gd_dirfile_standards(3), gd_flags(3), gd_metaflush(3), gd_open(3).

25 December 2016 Version 0.10.0 GETDATA