[Mono-list] Does FileMode.Append have O_APPEND semantics on Unix?
jaak at jkowalski.net
Wed May 3 02:43:18 EDT 2006
When developing NLog (http://www.nlog-project.org) I faced an interesting
problem: how to enable multiple process to append to log files in a
Here are my thoughts:
1. You can achieve best performance if you keep the files open. That implies
FileShare.Write when creating/opening them.
2. FileMode.Append is broken on Windows, since it only moves the file
pointer once, after the file has been opened/created. This leads to race
conditions when multiple processes want to append to the same file without
synchronization. You get garbage in files.
What I wanted to achieve is something similar to the semantics of O_APPEND
flag passed to open() function, where all append operations are atomic
On Windows I came up with the solution that uses global named mutexes to
synchronize seek-and-write operation. It would be great if I could use
native Unix support for appending files while running on this platform.
My question is: is FileMode.Append supposed to have O_APPEND semantics on
Unix? If not, what's the best way to open file with this append semantics in
mono? I've seen you have MonoIO class, but I'm not sure how it can be used.
Do you have any ideas?
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