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    SubjectRe: [PATCH 00/23] per device dirty throttling -v8
    On 08/09/2007 02:25 AM, Lionel Elie Mamane wrote:
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    >> yeah, it's really ugly. But otherwise i've got no real complaint
    >> about ext3 - with the obligatory qualification that
    >> "noatime,nodiratime" in /etc/fstab is a must. This speeds up things
    >> very visibly (...). So for most file workloads we give Windows a
    >> 20%-30% performance edge, for almost nothing.
    >
    > It has been years since I used MS Windows much, but from my memories
    > of my these days, I was under the impression that it (at least the NT
    > line, the only surviving line these days) also maintained "last
    > accessed" times. Except I only ever saw it at "right now" because the
    > file explorer ... accesses the file before getting this metadata or
    > something like that (when you right-click on a file and ask for its
    > properties). It has creation and last modification time, too.
    >

    NT maintains atimes by default, at least up to XP. You have to edit the
    registry to turn them off, and it is a single global switch -- not per
    mountpoint like Unix.

    And it makes a huge difference there, too.
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