Dedicated CLFS Logs

A Common Log File System (CLFS) log can be either dedicated or multiplexed. A dedicated log serves as stable storage for a single stream. A multiplexed log serves as stable storage for several streams. This topic discusses dedicated logs. For information about multiplexed logs, see Multiplexed CLFS Logs.

To create a dedicated log, perform the following steps.

  1. Call ClfsCreateLogFile to obtain a pointer to a LOG_FILE_OBJECT structure. Set the puszLogFileName parameter to a string of the form "log:<log name>" where <log name> is a valid path on the underlying file system. For example, if you set puszLogFileName to "log:c:\ClfsLogs\myLog", the base log file myLog.blf would be created in the c:\ClfsLogs directory. The c:\ClfsLogs directory would also serve as the default location for containers that you add to the log later.

    Note It is the form of the string passed in puszLogFileName that determines whether CLFS creates a dedicated or multiplexed log. If the string has a double colon (::) after the log name, then CLFS creates a multiplexed log. In the example given here, "log:c\ClfsLogs\myLog" has no double colon, so CLFS creates a dedicated log.

The **LOG\_FILE\_OBJECT** pointer returned by **ClfsCreateLogFile** represents an open instance of the dedicated log's one and only stream.
  1. Pass the LOG_FILE_OBJECT pointer you obtained from ClfsCreateLogFile to ClfsAddLogContainer to create a container (contiguous physical extent) on stable storage that will hold log records. Specify the size of the container (which will be rounded up to a multiple of 512 kilobytes) by setting the pcbContainer parameter. Set the puszContainerPath parameter to specify a path name for the container. The path name can be absolute or relative to the directory that contains the base log file.

    You can create additional containers for your log by calling ClfsAddLogContainer again. Note that all containers for a given log must be the same size. As an alternative to calling ClfsAddLogContainer several times, you can call ClfsAddLogContainerSet to create several containers simultaneously.

  2. Pass the LOG_FILE_OBJECT pointer you obtained from ClfsCreateLogFile to ClfsCreateMarshallingArea to obtain a pointer to a marshalling area that you can use to read and write log records to your stream. Specify the size of the log I/O blocks that the marshalling area will use by setting the cbMarshallingBuffer parameter. There are several other parameters you can use to set various properties of the marshalling area.

    If you need additional marshalling areas, pass the same LOG_FILE_OBJECT pointer to ClfsCreateMarshallingArea again, once for each additional marshalling area that you need.

Now that you have one or more marshalling areas associated with your stream, you can write records to those marshalling areas by calling the following functions.




Each time you write a record, you get back a log sequence number (LSN) that identifies the record. The LSN assigned to a record is always greater than the LSN assigned to the previously written record, regardless of which marshalling area was used to write the record.