web-serving does not update a file's atime?
mi+mxmoz at aldan.algebra.com
Tue Aug 17 09:49:23 PDT 2004
Nathan Kinkade wrote:
>On Tue, Aug 17, 2004 at 08:35:45AM -0400, Mikhail Teterin wrote:
>>I tried to use stat(1) to see the last time a file was downloaded
>>To my surprise, all three dates displayed by stat are long ago, even
>>though the web-server's log is showing downloads from a just a few
>>The file-system used to be mounted noatime, but I turned that option
>>off some time ago. If I read one of those files (with head(1) or
>>file(1), for example), the atime is updated. But if Apache serves it
>>out -- it is not... There is no caching in Apache either.
>Is this all running on your local machine? If not, is it possible that
>there is a proxy server between you and the host running Apache?
>Perhaps a transparent proxy?
There are not other servers and no proxies. The locally running apache logs
successful requests for the files, but their atimes are not updated.
Just checked -- the file was last downloaded 13 minutes ago, but all of
the three time-stamps (according to stat(1)) point to many hours back...
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