Re: ext4 features

From: Theodore Tso
Date: Fri Jul 21 2006 - 10:34:28 EST

On Fri, Jul 21, 2006 at 08:06:10AM -0400, Trond Myklebust wrote:
> > 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.
> What you propose violates both POSIX and SuSv3. close() does not update
> the atime on a file. I can't see anyone accepting that there is a need
> for this.

Nope, it doesn't violate POSIX/SuSv3. The specifications only control
what happens if the system is cleanly shutdown. What happens on an
unclean shutdown is explicitly undefined. Hence, lazy atime update
where there is a "dirty" and "mostly clean" (i.e., atime-dirty) bit,
and where "mostly clean" inodes are only flushed out to disk when they
become fully dirty and then written out to disk, or when the
filesystem is unmounted, or when the filesystem feels like it (i.e.,
when we need to clear out in-core inodes in response to memory
pressure), would in fact be completely POSIX/SuSv3 compliant.

- Ted
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