[PATCH 86/87] fs: switch timespec64 fields in inode to discrete integers

Steve French smfrench at gmail.com
Sun Oct 1 00:50:41 AEST 2023

On Fri, Sep 29, 2023 at 3:06 AM David Howells via samba-technical
<samba-technical at lists.samba.org> wrote:
> Jeff Layton <jlayton at kernel.org> wrote:
> > Correct. We'd lose some fidelity in currently stored timestamps, but as
> > Linus and Ted pointed out, anything below ~100ns granularity is
> > effectively just noise, as that's the floor overhead for calling into
> > the kernel. It's hard to argue that any application needs that sort of
> > timestamp resolution, at least with contemporary hardware.
> Albeit with the danger of making Steve French very happy;-), would it make
> sense to switch internally to Microsoft-style 64-bit timestamps with their
> 100ns granularity?

100ns granularity does seem to make sense and IIRC was used by various
DCE standards in the 90s and 2000s (not just used for SMB2/SMB3 protocol and
various Windows filesystems)



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