Re: [PATCH] update ctime and mtime for mmaped write

From: Trond Myklebust
Date: Wed Feb 21 2007 - 13:37:22 EST

On Wed, 2007-02-21 at 19:28 +0100, Miklos Szeredi wrote:
> > > This flag is checked in msync() and __fput(), and if set, the file
> > > times are updated and the flag is cleared
> >
> > Why not also check inside vfs_getattr?
> This is the minimum, that the standard asks for.
> Note, your porposal would touch the times in vfs_getattr(), which
> means, that the modification times would depend on the time of the
> last stat() call, which is not really right, though it would still be
> conforming.
> It is much saner, if the modification time is always the time of the
> last write() or msync().

I disagree. The above doesn't allow a program like 'make' to discover
whether or not the file has changed by simply calling stat(). Instead,
you're forcing a call to msync()+stat().


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