Is it save to mount / with noatime?

Stephen Gallagher sgallagh at
Wed Oct 19 14:08:23 UTC 2011

On Wed, 2011-10-19 at 10:43 +0100, Alan Cox wrote:
> On Wed, 19 Oct 2011 10:55:28 +0200
> Clemens Eisserer <linuxhippy at> wrote:
> > Hi,
> > 
> > Is it save to mount "/" with the noatime flag, or are there still
> > packages which depend on an accurate access time?
> Current kernels support a much better algorithm anyway. Look up 'relatime'

relatime isn't much of a help though if you're looking to reduce writes
on a solid-state disk. I'm not sure if that was the original intent of
the question, but I think it's certainly worth answering.

I've been using noatime for a while with no obvious ill effects, but
your mileage may vary.
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