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SubjectRe: [PATCH v4] relatime: Make relatime smarter
On Thu, Nov 27, 2008 at 03:08:39PM -0700, Andreas Dilger wrote:
> On Nov 27, 2008 17:58 +0000, Matthew Garrett wrote:
> > + relatime_interval=
> > + [FS] relative atime update frequency, in seconds.
> > + (default: 1 day: 86400 seconds)
>
> The one problem with a 1-day default is that cron jobs like updatedb will
> revert to updating the atime on every single file every day. It would be
> better to make it slightly more than 1 day (e.g. 25h) to avoid this and
> at least defer atime updates to every other day for files that are not
> otherwise accessed except by cron.

Doesn't updatedb only access directories, not files? I don't think
relatime implies nodiratime, but certainly the two could both be
specified, and that would fix one of the updatedb problems. Are there
any other common cronjobs you're concerned about?

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operating system, but compare it to ours. We can't possibly take such
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