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SubjectRe: Wrong atime on recent kernels
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On Wed, 2009-12-16 at 21:55 +0100, Petr Titěra wrote:
> john stultz napsal(a):
> > 2009/12/14 Petr Titěra <petr@titera.eu>:
> >
> > > Hello,
> > >
> > > I see some strange file modification times recently. It seems to me
> > > that in some situations, kernel allows to set nanoseconds part of file
> > > access, modification or change time to 100000000 ns. Problem seems to be in
> > > some generic part of kernel because I see it on several different
> > > filesysytems (ext4 and nilf2). These is I've got during my testing on kernel
> > > 2.6.32-tip-08309-gad8e75a.
> > >
> > > File: `./Documentation/dvb/contributors.txt'
> > > Size: 3035 Blocks: 8 IO Block: 4096 regular file
> > > Device: fe04h/65028d Inode: 818 Links: 1
> > > Access: (0644/-rw-r--r--) Uid: ( 0/ root) Gid: ( 0/ root)
> > > Access: 2009-12-14 10:29:04.1000000000 +0100
> > > Modify: 2009-12-14 10:29:04.1000000000 +0100
> > > Change: 2009-12-14 10:29:04.1000000000 +0100
> > >
> > > See that all times of that file ends with 1e6 nanoseconds.
> > >
> >
> > Hrmmm. Does reverting this change solve it?
> >
> > http://git.kernel.org/?p=linux/kernel/git/torvalds/linux-2.6.git;a=patch;h=7bc7d637452383d56ba4368d4336b0dde1bb476d
> >
> > thanks
> > -john
> >
> Hello,
>
> I did not test reverting this patch yet, because I did not find
> reliable way how to reproduce these strange modify times. But as I
> read your description. Would it be possible that if there would be bug
> in your patch i would be observer on mostly quiet system? I'm asking
> because full day of testing of the system under load did not produce
> any result, but then when I tried to run "find / | xargs stat" on idle
> system I've got several new instances of wrong access time (filesystem
> is mounted without noatime)

Yes, its possible it would be more likely to be seen on an idle system.

Can you describe your system to me? Is it x86? x86_64? Could you send
your .config to me?

Please try to revert the patch, and I'll see if I can reproduce anything
similar on my systems.

thanks
-john


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