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A journaling method is provided for supporting a recovery when a system is abnormally terminated in a shared disk environment. When a system call operation to take part in a journaling is generated, in order to guarantee a recovery, a transaction is started and new transaction region is assigned. Then, a system is initialized and a transaction type is set up. Lock information on modified data is acquired and added to the transaction so that a transaction manages lock information. A reflection to a disk during a modification of metadata is prevented. Modified metadata added to the transaction and modified information on principal general data are recorded. Then, lock information connected to the transaction is released.