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SubjectRe: [Ext2-devel] Re: [RFC] Improved inode number allocation for HTree
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> > > Why start?  Who actually uses atime for anything at all, other than the
> > > tiny number of shops that care about moving untouched files to tertiary
> > > storage?

What about the situation where the primary storage is a device which
has a limited number of write-cycles. That's just the sort of
application where you might be archiving data to secondary or tertiary
storage, and it would be a big advantage to save on writes. If a file
is read every ten minutes, we could just update the atime once an
hour. That would save five writes an hour.

John.
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