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On Sat, 15 Sep 2012, Mirosław Zalewski wrote:

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.

wouldn't really help her. I was pointing out that it is not enough to worry about the file's time-stamp; the directory's time-stamp is also altered. if her backup software is sensitive to the latter, then she's no further along. if the backup software isn't sensitive to directory time-stamps, then fine, my point is moot.

still, I'm surprised if there is no way to tell LO not to make a lock file. googling suggests there might be, see 'libreoffice disable file locking' or similar.


Felmon Davis

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