[PATCH 02/18] xstat: Add a pair of system calls to make extended file stats available [ver #6]

Jan Engelhardt jengelh at medozas.de
Thu Jul 22 11:36:22 MDT 2010

On Thursday 2010-07-22 19:16, Trond Myklebust wrote:
>> >But the fact is, th Unix ctime semantics are insane and largely
>> >useless. There's a damn good reason almost nobody uses ctime under
>> >unix.
>> I beg to differ. ctime is not completely useless. It reflects changes on 
>> the inode for when you don't you change the content. It's like an mtime 
>> for the metadata. It comes useful when you go around in your filesystem 
>> trying to figure out who of your co-admins screwed up the permissions on 
>> /etc/passwd... and if the mtime is the same as that of the last backup, 
>> I can at least have a reasonable assurance that it was /only/ the 
>> metadata that was tampered with. (SHA1 check, yeah yeah, costly on large 
>> files.)
>Errr... Only if you eliminate utimes() from your syscall table.
>Otherwise it is trivial to reset the mtime after changing the file

Well yes; I had implicitly implied that evil people with malicious intent
are absent.

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