Re: turning off 'atime' on zfs files systems for datafiles

From: Mladen Gogala <>
Date: Mon, 12 Feb 2018 16:00:01 -0500
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Hi Matt,

The "noatime" mount is an old performance trick, for all Unix like operating systems and for all file systems. There is no danger of using it. You will save yourself a considerable amount of IO, because the inode (file definition) is normally updated on access. When you specify "no access time" mount, the inode is updated on file close and not in the mean time. Of course, extending files will still require an inode update. Here is an article relevant to Linux. Slowaris is probably just the same.:


On 02/12/2018 12:12 PM, Matt Adams wrote:
> Has anyone out there investigated whether there is any performance
> impact to be gained by turning off the   “Update access time on read”
> feature of ZFS filesystems or if there is any danger in doing so when
> those file systems are used for holding datafiles or online redo log
> files?  (not using ASM)
> We’re on RDBMS on Solaris (sparc)
> Matt
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Mladen Gogala
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