NFSv4 Linux client atime for exclusive create

Rick Macklem rmacklem at
Wed Apr 19 20:29:11 UTC 2017

Doug Rabson wrote:
>Is the client using EXCLUSIVE4 or EXCLUSIVE4_1 for the open? If its EXCLUSIVE4_1, i.e. the >mode which allows attribute setting during the open, the client should use the value of >the supattr_exclcreat attribute (see section of rfc5661) to figure out what >attributes can be set. In this case, supattr_exclcreat should not include atime which should >force the client to update it separately.
The packet trace Jim sent me was NFSv4.0 and, as such, used EXCLUSIVE4.
(The Open was followed by a Setattr in a separate compound RPC that only specified
 the "mode" attribute. The client never seemed to specify an atime.)

I haven't tried an NFSv4.1 mount yet, but I need to take a look at it.
(I did succeed in reproducing the problem with an NFSV4.0 mount from a Linux
 box I have.)

>It would be helpful to see a packet trace for this which should make it clearer what is >happening here.
Jim did send me this off list.

I now have a patch that stores the create_verifier in an extended attribute and I think
that should be fine? (It does imply that NFSv4.0 read/write mounts will only work
correctly for server file systems that support extended attributes, but I think that
is a reasonable restriction that can't be avoided?)
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