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SubjectRe: ext4 superblock last write time clearly isnt the last write time
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If this time field is meant to be the time of the last write of the
superblock, as has been suggested to me, but which I doubt, it still
doesnt make sense. Clearly the superblock must have been rewritten
when the mount time was updated, yet on my Ubuntu box the last write
time is far older than that.

On 23 February 2012 21:27, Neil Clarkson <neilaclarkson@gmail.com> wrote:
> Isn't the s_wtime field of the ext4 superblock supposed to show the
> time, in seconds since the epoch, of the last write to the file
> system? All the public domain info I found seems to indicate so, as
> does this excerpt of code from 'static int ext4_commit_super(struct
> super_block *sb, int sync)'
>
>        /*
>         * If the file system is mounted read-only, don't update the
>         * superblock write time.  This avoids updating the superblock
>         * write time when we are mounting the root file system
>         * read/only but we need to replay the journal; at that point,
>         * for people who are east of GMT and who make their clock
>         * tick in localtime for Windows bug-for-bug compatibility,
>         * the clock is set in the future, and this will cause e2fsck
>         * to complain and force a full file system check.
>         */
>        if (!(sb->s_flags & MS_RDONLY))
>                es->s_wtime = cpu_to_le32(get_seconds());
>
>
> Yet I noticed, on the 3 systems available to me, that it isn't
> anything of the sort. Using dumpe2fs -h to show the timestamp fields
> in the superblock, one seems be set at a half hour post file system
> creation, the others clearly mirror the last mount time. None of them
> are showing the time of the last write. None of them are mounted read
> only.
>
> Linux Wallace 3.0.0-16-generic #28-Ubuntu SMP Fri Jan 27 17:44:39 UTC
> 2012 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux (Ubuntu 11.10)
>
> Filesystem created:       Wed Nov 23 13:42:18 2011
> Last mount time:          Tue Feb 21 09:07:54 2012
> Last write time:          Wed Nov 23 14:12:57 2011
>
> Linux VM-OpenSUSE2 2.6.37.1-1.2-desktop #1 SMP PREEMPT 2011-02-21
> 10:34:10 +0100 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux (Open SUSE 11.4)
>
> Filesystem created:       Fri Sep 23 18:04:27 2011
> Last mount time:          Fri Jan 27 09:34:55 2012
> Last write time:          Fri Jan 27 09:34:55 2012
>
> Linux fedoraVM 2.6.35.6-45.fc14.i686 #1 SMP Mon Oct 18 23:56:17 UTC
> 2010 i686 i686 i386 GNU/Linux (Fedora 14)
>
> Filesystem created:       Wed Nov  3 07:24:17 2010
> Last mount time:          Fri Feb  3 13:04:41 2012
> Last write time:          Fri Feb  3 13:04:41 2012
>
> Clearly I'm missing something? Anyone know what? I've not found any
> hints so far.
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