Re: [RFC] [PATCH] Relative lazy atime

From: Chris Wedgwood
Date: Sat Aug 05 2006 - 20:08:52 EST

On Sat, Aug 05, 2006 at 04:28:29PM -0700, dean gaudet wrote:

> i can't understand when atime is *ever* reliable... root doing
> backups with something like rsync will cause atimes to change.

well, rsync and friends could use O_NOATIME, but usually that isn't
worth the pain

> you can work around mutt's silly dependancy on atime by configuring
> it with --enable-buffy-size. so far mutt is the only program i've
> discovered which cares about atime.

i've seen other applications use it, but most are pretty tolerant
about it not working that way you might think it would

> also -- i wasn't aware that xfs tried to do a better job with atime
> updates... i'm not sure it's really that effective. i've got a
> busy shell/mail/web server

OT, you might fine ikeep helps a little
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