gd_rewrite_fragment man page

gd_rewrite_fragment — 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, -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.
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 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_flush(3), gd_metaflush(3)

Referenced By

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

16 October 2014 Version 0.9.0 GETDATA