fix u-m-d-l

Toshio Kuratomi a.badger at
Sat Apr 25 05:17:32 UTC 2009

Matt Domsch wrote:
> On Fri, Apr 24, 2009 at 11:48:16PM -0500, Matt Domsch wrote:
>> On Fri, Apr 24, 2009 at 07:44:50PM -0500, Matt Domsch wrote:
>>> If you see me monkey with u-m-d-l on bapp1, that's what I'm trying to
>>> figure out...
>> Found it...
>> update-master-directory-list was trying to be smart and failed.  If it
>> saw that a directory's ctime hadn't changed, it skipped it and moved
>> on.  But, a directory's ctime won't change if one of its _subdirectories' ctime_
>> changes.  Because u-m-d-l runs every 30 minutes or so, it appears to
>> catch tree updates mid-flight.  In one run it sees updates/10/x86_64/
>> has changed, but that repodata/ under that has not (yet).  So it
>> marks updates/10/x86_64 as changed and moves on.  On the next pass,
>> updates/10/x86_64 of course _has not changed_, but it's repodata
>> subdir has.  This is what it was missing...  It would skip processing
>> the repodata subdir.
>> (and yes, this would throw off the crawler too, which people have been
>> complaining about being added and removed from the list somewhat
>> randomly...)
>> I'm working on a fix, which will involve changing
>> update-master-directory-list.  But that should be the only change.
> This is the patch I want to apply on bapp1 to
> update-master-directory-list.  It ensures that changes in repodata/
> directories are handled, even if the parent directories don't appear
> to have changed.  It still tries to be smart by not stat()ing files in
> a directory which hasn't changed it's ctime.
> Oh what I would give if inotify/dnotify worked on NFS...
> Can I get some +1s?
We'll want this working by release no matter what so +1 to getting the
fix out there.


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