Transaction - Traditional rollback journal


This page is about the traditional implementation of the rollback journal (as opposed to a write-ahead log rollback journal)

The traditional rollback journal writes changes to the original database whereas the write-ahead log writes change directly to the rollback journal


When a change occurs, the traditional rollback journal implements transactions atomicity by:

  • writing a copy of the original unchanged content into a separate rollback journal file
  • writing changes directly into the database file.
  • committing when the rollback journal is deleted.

In the event of a crash or ROLLBACK, the original content contained in the rollback journal is played back into the database file to revert the file to its original state.

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