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Re: Operations not Atomic (was: bind draft issues)

From: Brian Korver <briank@xythos.com>
Date: Mon, 3 Mar 2003 11:35:36 -0800
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On Saturday, March 1, 2003, at 06:27  AM, Clemm, Geoff wrote:
>    From: Brian Korver [mailto:briank@xythos.com]
>    Operations not Atomic
>    None of the operations specified should be required
>    to be atomic.  I'd prefer SHOULD NOT myself.  This is
>    especially true for any operation that involves deleting
>    collections.
> Atomic operations are one of the primary purposes of the
> binding protocol.  A server that cannot maintain atomic
> MOVE/DELETE/BIND operations is not capable of supporting
> the bind protocol.


I disagree strongly.  Nothing should be stated to prohibit
atomic operations, but the spec should leave this decision
up to implementors.  There can be perfectly valid reasons
why a server vendor might want to provide normal filesystem
semantics to users.

Received on Monday, 3 March 2003 14:35:42 UTC

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