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TitleCan Torn Pages arise when Type II Areas are used
URL NameCan-torn-pages-happen-on-Type-II-Areas-with-a-database-block-size-bigger-than-4-KB
Article Number000174232
EnvironmentProduct: OpenEdge
Version: 10.x, 11.x
OS: All supported platforms
Other: Database
Question/Problem Description
Can Torn Pages arise when Type II Areas are used ?
Do Type II Storage Areas prevent Torn Pages when the database blocksize is larger than the filesystem blocksize ?
Can torn pages happen on Type II Areas with a database block size bigger than the filesystem blocksize
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The torn page problem refers to a problem that may exist when the data block is bigger than the filesystem page size and the data block is not completely written into disk due to a hardware problem or energy failure.

Torn pages can happen to both Type I or Type II areas when a data block write is interrupted.
  • With Type I Storage Areas there is no way to know that a torn page happened. 
  • The difference with Type II areas is that they store a check sum stored in all data block headers, enabling the detection of torn pages with block checksum error 14410:
Checksum validation of dbkey <Arg1> block type <Arg2> in area <Arg3> does not match data. Expected: <Arg4> received <Arg5>. (14410)

For further information on Torn Pages, refer to :

The attached Exchange 2006 presentation by GUS BJORKLUND
"OpenEdge R RDBMS Performance Tuning Made Simple", 5.4 Choosing Data Block Size

The "Using a larger database blocksize than the filesystem blocksize" Section in Article:
The consequence that may arise when using non-Progress backups in Article:
Last Modified Date11/20/2020 7:07 AM
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