Safely renaming a file without overwriting

Wolfgang Draxinger wdraxinger at
Sat Oct 28 18:02:51 CEST 2006

Diez B. Roggisch wrote:

>> 1: Open the file with
>> 2: Lock the file exclusively -> no other process can now
>> access it.
>> 3: Use rename to rename the file; this causes a file system
>> level implicit unlink of the old file (it dissappears from the
>> file system) but the opening process can still access it.
>> 4: close the file -> the lock is removed and the rename
>> finalized.

The open is to happen on the new file name with O_CREAT | O_EXCL
flags. Sorry, I forgot that to mention explicitly. However I
have not tried it yet, but it should work.

Wolfgang Draxinger
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