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SubjectRe: silent semantic changes with reiser4
Nicholas Miell wrote:
> > Additionally, all of those things you describe should be deleted if
> > the file is modified -- to indicate that they're no longer valid and
> > should be regenerated if needed.
> >
> > Whereas there are some other kinds of metadata which should not be
> > deleted if the file is modified.
> >
> > -- Jamie
> Presumably the app which uses the metadata will be smart enough to
> compare the st_mtime of the MDS/stream/attribute/whatever (can we choose
> a name for these things now?) to the st_mtime of the file and do the
> right thing.

[This is straying off the topic of files-as-directories].

st_mtime tests are weak. They break sometimes, and are not suitable
for strong data models such as transparently caching generated data
from a file's contents.

They're especially breakable if you change a file and then read it
within a second. Sometimes, more than a second.

As has been raised before, nanosecond timestamps (a) don't solve this
unless they're stored in the filesystem; (b) even then they will fail
one day, on a sufficiently fast box; (c) don't work when there are
changes to wall clock time.

They're fine where you don't care if the generated data is wrong sometimes.

If you want the _equivalent_ behaviour to opening and parsing the
file, but fast, then they're no good.

Modification serial numbers would work, though.

-- Jamie
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