gd_rewrite_fragment man page
gd_rewrite_fragment — re-write a Dirfile format specification fragment
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.
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.
gd_close(3), gd_dirfile_standards(3), gd_error(3), gd_error_string(3), gd_flush(3), gd_metaflush(3), gd_open(3)
gd_dirfile_standards(3), gd_flags(3), gd_metaflush(3), gd_open(3).