File ctime/mtime update inconsistencies

Jeremy Allison jra at
Thu Jul 10 15:42:10 GMT 2008

On Thu, Jul 10, 2008 at 12:40:34PM +0300, Atte Peltomaki wrote:
> On Tue, Jul 08, 2008 at 01:16:51PM +0300, Atte Peltomaki wrote:
> > Problem: neither ctime nor mtime attributes are consistently updated
> > when new files are created or existing ones replaced. 
> Another thing I would like to address is timestamps for large files. In
> addition to consistently updating c/mtime, I think it would make sense
> to update the stamp also *after* file transfer has completed. This would
> allow eg. rsync to identify changed files without expensive
> checksumming. 
> Would these changes be accepted in mainstream, if I send patches?
> (Against 3.2).

Timestamps are a very tricky problem. Any patches sent would
have to pass the Samba4 smbtorture tests. This is not as easy
as it sounds :-). But yes, I'm willing to look at any patches


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