[arch-general] NFS close-to-open

Paul Gideon Dann pdgiddie at gmail.com
Tue Dec 11 09:55:13 EST 2012

On Tuesday 11 Dec 2012 09:07:12 Bryan Schumaker wrote:
> After thinking on this some more and going through the code again, I think
> that the "nocto" only affects writing and fetching attributes for a file
> (the man page mentions using a heuristic to determine if files have changed
> on the server).  I think the VFS is in charge of scheduling the flush, so
> we don't know if it's being called for close(), fsync() or any other
> reason.  The nocto flag is checked around calls to
> __nfs_revalidate_inode(), which is used to update information about a file.

I really appreciate you taking the time to look into this, Bryan.  So you say 
you think that with "nocto", it's the VFS layer that's causing the flush on 
close now?  That seems strange to me, since that's not normal behaviour for 
any filesystem other than NFS.  If it's the attributes that are being checked 
by the heuristic, this also doesn't seem to explain why the data itself is 
being flushed...


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