Link: File crash consistency and filesystems are hard

August 23, 2016

Dan Luu's File crash consistency and filesystems are hard is about what it says it's about, with examples and interesting academic citations (that are kind of depressing) and the whole lot. If you want more reading, it has a whole bunch of links to further papers that you can go through. Most of them are apparently depressing reading, because the capsule summary is 'this stuff is hard and almost no one gets it completely right'; not user programs, not filesystems, and not the actual disk drives.

(Sometimes the 'not getting it right' bit is more accurately called 'cheating in the name of good benchmarks'.)

(I have a long standing interest in this area, as do many sysadmins. People tend to get upset if our systems lose their email during power failures and so on. Sometimes we cheat, but we like to do this with our eyes open.)

Written on 23 August 2016.
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