FindFirst/FindNext on HFS+ under Linux and forgotten files

James Peach jpeach at
Thu Jan 31 17:34:08 GMT 2008

On Jan 30, 2008, at 10:54 PM, Richard Sharpe wrote:

> Hi,
> We are seeing a slightly weird situation with Samba 3.0.14a and HFS+  
> under Linux when the client is using the DOS move command.
> It seems to do a FindFirst/FindNext set to figure out how many files  
> to move, and then does:
> FindFirst again and moves the files it finds
> and then does
> FindNext giving the last file found in the FindFirst as the restart
> point
> and, it seems to miss the first file or two ...
> That is, a few files are missed.
> I will go delving into to code to check this out, but I wondered if  
> anyone has seen this problem already?

Whether you can continue to iterate over a directory while is is being  
modified is not specified by POSIX. Different filesystems will get  
different results. ISTR that HFS (at least on Darwin) will often give  
the behaviour you describe.

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