Re: New feature

David S. Miller (
Tue, 23 Sep 1997 22:05:14 -0400

Date: Tue, 23 Sep 1997 21:49:12 -0400 (EDT)
From: "Richard B. Johnson" <>

Correct! Now, is a directory access a file access? I don't think it
should be.

Why not? It has been forever at least for ext2. Have a look at the
end of fs/ext2/dir.c:ext2_readdir().

I think POSIX even states that this is how things should work.

Those who consider the overhead of ATIME updates completely
unacceptable should enable NO_ATIME on their partitions.

ATIME is the access time for an inode, when you read an inode which
happens to be a directory you are accessing it.

David "Sparc" Miller