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SubjectRe: [PATCH] tmpfs time granularity fix for [acm]time going backwards. Also VFS time granularity bug on creat(). (Repost, more content)
On Sun, Jun 11, 2006 at 07:10:31PM +0100, Hugh Dickins wrote:
> On Sun, 11 Jun 2006, Robin H. Johnson wrote:
> > After some digging, I found that this was being caused by tmpfs not having a
> > time granularity set, thus inheriting the default 1s granularity.
> That's a great little discovery, and a very good report and analysis:
> thank you. Seems tmpfs got missed when s_time_gran was added in 2.6.11,
> and I (tmpfs maintainer) failed to notice that patch going past.
Ah, ok, it was mentioned to me there was a maintainer for tmpfs, but I
found no mention of you in the tmpfs source, or MAINTAINERS. Maybe
submit a patch ;-).

> Perhaps we could devise a debug WARN_ON somewhere to check consistent
> granularity; but I don't have the ingenuity right now, and would need
> an additional superblock field or flag to not spam the logs horribly.
> Perhaps it's easier just to delete CURRENT_TIME, converting its users.
Yes, I'd agree that replacing CURRENT_TIME in filesystems with
current_fs_time should be worthwhile for all filesystems - That,
combined with your patch below to ensure they all use s_time_gran,
should ensure safety.

A total removal of CURRENT_TIME wouldn't work, there are a few other
users besides setting [acm]times - however as above, we should be able
to kill it for all filesystems.

However CURRENT_TIME_SEC looks safe to convert, all of it's users are

> Setting that safety aside, the patch below (against 2.6.17-rc6) looks
> to me like all that's currently needed in mainline - but ecryptfs and
> reiser4 in the mm tree will also want fixing, and more discrepancies
> are sure to trickle in later.
I checked at well, and this does cover every filesystem I see in the

> If anyone thinks tmpfs is the most important to fix (I would think
> that, wouldn't I?), I can forward your fix to Linus ahead of the rest.
> Or if people agree the patch below is good, I can sign it off and send;
> or FS maintainers extract their own little parts.
I'd appreciate it tmpfs either of the fixes actually making it to
2.6.17, there are a reasonable number of Gentoo users that use tmpfs as
temporary storage to compile stuff, and there's a long-standing argument
that tmpfs wasn't safe for that, due to this bug ;-).

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