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SubjectRe: Ext2 speedup (No atime update)
From: Ingo Molnar <>
> On Tue, 4 Jun 1996, Jamie Lokier wrote:
> [ about the "no atime update" mount option ]
> > It would probably be best implemented as an inherited ext2 attribute
> > then. Stick it on the news spool directory, and maybe those few files
> > that keep the laptop owner's disks spinning.
> i think it's the best to have it as a mount option :) it's not

I should be able to specify the default for a filesystem as a
mount option, then set an attribute to include/exclude directories
as I choose. Perhaps I have one partition for the whole system,
and I want it to be fast. I want atime to work for /var/spool/mail.
I want to let users turn on atime for their own directories and files,
but it should be disabled by default. I want to enable atime in /tmp,
but then users should be able to turn it off.

Looks like it needs to be a bit that can be turned on and off,
and which is inherited from the parent directory. If chattr
affects the mounted filesystem at a mount point, then an attribute
alone should be good enough.

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