Bug 8437 - Timestamps are not preserved when copying files larger than 0 bytes to awindows share using 'cp -pa' from recent coreutils
Summary: Timestamps are not preserved when copying files larger than 0 bytes to awindo...
Alias: None
Product: File System
Classification: Unclassified
Component: CIFS (show other bugs)
Hardware: i386 Linux
: P2 normal
Assignee: Steve French
Depends on:
Reported: 2007-05-06 08:28 UTC by GregW
Modified: 2009-02-01 18:59 UTC (History)
4 users (show)

See Also:
Kernel Version: 2.6.21
Tree: Mainline
Regression: ---


Description GregW 2007-05-06 08:28:55 UTC
Most recent kernel where this bug did *NOT* occur:
Hardware Environment:
Software Environment:
Problem Description:

Steps to reproduce:
1. cp -pa (or -a) (or -p) (or --preserve=timestamps)
2. ls -l /mnt/share/file
3. file has the current system time for the date stamps
4. cp -pa nullfile /mnt/share
5. ls -l /mnt/share/nullfile
6. nullfile has correct date stamps

Actual Results:  
copied file is stamped as current date/time
null file has the correct (source) files date/time stamps

Expected Results:  
obvious: cp should preserve datestamps ;-)
Comment 1 Daniel Drake 2007-05-06 09:16:48 UTC
Downstream bug https://bugs.gentoo.org/173779

With recent versions of coreutils, cp performs syscalls on the destination file
in this order:

write() [for files larger than 0 bytes]

With coreutils-5.91 and older, the order was different:


CIFS seems to update the file modification time upon close() if any previous
writes took place, overwriting the value put in place by the earlier utimes().
However, POSIX effectively says that such fields should be updated before the
utimes() call, not during close():

  All fields that are marked for update shall be updated [...] before a utimes()
is successfully performed on the file;


This exact bug also existed in the NFS client filesystem, and has been fixed:
Comment 2 Daniel Drake 2007-05-06 09:17:34 UTC
This bug has been reproduced on 2.6.21
Comment 3 Steve French 2009-01-24 20:24:01 UTC
Have you tried this on 2.6.27 on later ... I would expect it to work ok
Comment 4 Shirish Pargaonkar 2009-01-24 21:01:16 UTC
Actually, I am confused about steps 1 and 4 listed in comment #1.

What is being copied in step 1, I see only cp -pa command
and what is nullfile in step 4, a special file like /dev/null or just any file 
named nullfile?
Comment 5 Shirish Pargaonkar 2009-02-01 17:56:15 UTC
This is not a bug any more, I verified with cifs on the kernel

# ls -l autoinst.xml
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 39795 Jan 26 21:45 autoinst.xml

# date
Sun Feb  1 19:49:23 CST 2009

# cp autoinst.xml /mnt/smb_a
# ls -l /mnt/smb_a/autoinst.xml
-rwxrwSrwx 1 root root 39795 Feb  1 19:47 /mnt/smb_a/autoinst.xml

# cp -pa autoinst.xml /mnt/smb_a/ai.xml
# ls -l /mnt/smb_a/ai.xml
-rwxrwSrwx 1 root root 39795 Jan 26 21:45 /mnt/smb_a/ai.xml

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