This is the mail archive of the cygwin mailing list for the Cygwin project.

Index Nav: [Date Index] [Subject Index] [Author Index] [Thread Index]
Message Nav: [Date Prev] [Date Next] [Thread Prev] [Thread Next]
Other format: [Raw text]

Re: Mv after tar in a shell script problems

On May 18 02:30, Brian Dessent wrote:
> "Gary R. Van Sickle" wrote:
> > ...and, if I change the mv to a loop which keeps trying if there's a
> > failure:
> > 
> >   while ! mv dir_name_file.tar.bz2_untars_to new_dir_name; do echo "retrying
> > move..."; done
> > 
> > it will eventually work after a few iterations.
> > 
> > I... huh?
> > 
> > I'll brew up a test case, this is nutso.
> The only thing I can think of is that tar exits immediately after
> issuing the final write() of the last file, and mv starts up before the
> file system has a chance to finish commiting that write to disk.

Sounds not convincing.  If the OS isn't able to deal with such a basic
situation, it's seriously unusable.  Windows might have some annoying
properties, but it's certainly usable.

I'm just running a script which desperatly tries to reproduce the above
problem, but it WJFFM:

  while true
    tar xvjf foo.tar.bz2
    mv foo.dir bar.dir
    rm bar.dir


Corinna Vinschen                  Please, send mails regarding Cygwin to
Cygwin Project Co-Leader
Red Hat, Inc.

Unsubscribe info:
Problem reports:

Index Nav: [Date Index] [Subject Index] [Author Index] [Thread Index]
Message Nav: [Date Prev] [Date Next] [Thread Prev] [Thread Next]