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SubjectRe: [PATCH -v6 2/2] Updating ctime and mtime for memory-mapped files


On Fri, 18 Jan 2008, Ingo Oeser wrote:
>
> Can we get "if the write to the page hits the disk, the mtime has hit the disk
> already no less than SOME_GRANULARITY before"?
>
> That is very important for computer forensics. Esp. in saving your ass!
>
> Ok, now back again to making that fast :-)

I certainly don't mind it if we have some tighter guarantees, but what I'd
want is:

- keep it simple. Let's face it, Linux has never ever given those
guarantees before, and it's not is if anybody has really cared. Even
now, the issue seems to be more about paper standards conformance than
anything else.

- I get worried about people playing around with the dirty bit in
particular. We have had some really rather nasty bugs here. Most of
which are totally impossible to trigger under normal loads (for
example the old random-access utorrent writable mmap issue from about
a year ago).

So these two issues - the big red danger signs flashing in my brain,
coupled with the fact that no application has apparently ever really
noticed in the last 15 years - just makes it a case where I'd like each
step of the way to be obvious and simple and no larger than really
absolutely necessary.

Linus


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