Re: ext4 features

From: Bill Davidsen
Date: Thu Jul 20 2006 - 22:59:11 EST

Trond Myklebust wrote:

On Mon, 2006-07-10 at 18:37 -0400, Bill Davidsen wrote:

Linus might accept it, but I won't. It is totally unnecessary.

By "totally unnecessary" you mean "I don't see why it's useful."

The reason for using noatime is to avoid generating disk activity while the data is being accessed. It's not usually used to hide the fact that the data has been used and is therefore useful to someone. In a perfect world, where money is no object, all data is on very fast storage which never fails. In my world I would like to identify which data, source or documentation, has been referenced over some period of time. This is useful for moving some data to slower (yes I mean less expensive) storage.

It's also useful to identify stuff which no one has used in a very long time and which is a candidate for not being on line at all.

By keeping lazy track of access time it's possible to still have that data, with minimal disk access cost. And to some people that can be really useful, such as those of us who have to justify expenditures.

bill davidsen <davidsen@xxxxxxx>
CTO TMR Associates, Inc
Doing interesting things with small computers since 1979

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