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On 15/09/2012 at 19:38, Felmon Davis <> wrote:

question: doesn't the Linux file system (ext2; ext3) register access 
time to a directory? in that case, wouldn't writing a file to a 
directory register in the directory's time-stamp?

Yes, they does.

On filesystem-level, directory is (roughly speaking) special file with names of 
other files. If you create file, then this list gets updated (directory 
modification time changes). If you remove that file, then it gets updated again.

I don't know about OP backup tools (did not read whole thread), but rsync has 
--ignore-times and --size-only command-line options which may come handy in 
such situation.
Best regards
Mirosław Zalewski

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