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Re: Changes to the filesystem while find is running - comments?

From: James Youngman
Subject: Re: Changes to the filesystem while find is running - comments?
Date: Thu, 25 Nov 2004 22:40:32 +0000
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On Thu, Nov 25, 2004 at 09:45:25AM +1100, Tim Nelson wrote:

>       Ok, so the sequence in find is currently (in pseudo-perl):
> -----------
> $old = stat $dir;
> chdir $dir;
> $new = stat $dir;
> wd_sanity_check($old, $new);
> -----------

No, we lstat(".") rather than $dir.

>       If your information is correct, then what we need to do is 
> something like:
> -----------
> $tmp = $dir . '.';
> $old = stat $tmp;
> chdir $dir;
> $new = stat $tmp;
> wd_sanity_check($old, $new);
> -----------
>       Would that do it, or am I missing something?

What we need to do - and what we do do - is this - 

$tmp = <base name of subdirectory>;
$old = lstat $tmp;   /* line A */
chdir $dir;          /* line B */
$new = lstat ".";    /* line C */
wd_sanity_check($old, $new);

>       Assuming that accessing /mount/SUBDIR/. also triggers a mount on 
> the other OSs, the example above should work on everything.  If it 
> doesn't, we might have to do two stats the first time, one on $dir and 
> then one on $tmp.

On Solaris, the filesystem gets mounted at either line B or C (I'm not
sure which).  Hence wd_sanity_check() needed to be changed to
understand why $old differs from $new in this case.  

Other automounters mount the filesystem at A, which means that $old
and $new are the same, needing no fix.


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