Nanosecond fs timestamp support: sad

From: Matt Mackall
Date: Thu Jul 21 2011 - 14:07:30 EST

So it turns out that the resolution on filesystem timestamps is tied to
HZ rather than gettimeofday or similar, which means the resolution
improvement over seconds is.. not much. And not nearly as much as

This means I can touch a file something like 70k times per second and
get only 300 distinct timestamps on my laptop. And only 100 distinct
timestamps on a typical distro server kernel.

Meanwhile, I can call gettimeofday 35M times per second and get ~1M
distinct responses.

Given that we can do gettimeofday three orders of magnitude faster than
we can do file transactions and it has four orders of magnitude better
resolution, shouldn't we be using it for filesystem time when
sb->s_time_gran is less than 1/HZ?

Mathematics is the supreme nostalgia of our time.

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