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Date:	Tue, 31 Aug 2010 17:42:50 +0900
From:	Satoru Takeuchi <>
To:	Andreas Dilger <>,
	Chris Mason <>,
	Jiri Olsa <>,
	John Stultz <>, "Ted Ts'o" <>,
	Thomas Gleixner <>,
	Oleg Nesterov <>,
	linux-btrfs <>,
	linux-ext4 <>,
	lkml <>
Subject: [RFC][PATCH] make file's timestamp more accurate


linux has supported nanosecond order file's timestamp since 2.5.48.
However current file timestamp is got by current_fs_time() and
is only updated once a tick. It can't say true nanosecond accuracy.
In addition, gettimeofday() before a file operation updating
{a,c,m}time would outstrip file's timestamp because of the difference
about time source between gettimeofday() and file's timestamp.
A certain kind of application would corrupted by this problem.

I attached a most simple patch fixing this problem here. However
it has several problems and I don't say it can be applied as is.
The most big two problems is the following:

 - It would cause performance regression, especially in
   not TSC capable system.
 - Is gettimeofday()'s monotonicity reliable on all systems?

The relative discussion:

Does anybody have good idea? Should it be tunable, for example?


Index: linux-2.6.36-rc3/kernel/time.c
--- linux-2.6.36-rc3.orig/kernel/time.c 2010-08-31 16:07:43.000000000 +0900
+++ linux-2.6.36-rc3/kernel/time.c      2010-08-31 16:08:11.000000000 +0900
@@ -227,7 +227,8 @@ SYSCALL_DEFINE1(adjtimex, struct timex _
 struct timespec current_fs_time(struct super_block *sb)
-       struct timespec now = current_kernel_time();
+       struct timespec now;
+       getnstimeofday(&now);
        return timespec_trunc(now, sb->s_time_gran);

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