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I was trying to know if relatime or noatime was set on a filesystem, but i didn't found the information, neither in /etc/fstab, neither in kernel boot options.

First of all, it seems clear that i don't have the "normal" behaviour on atime:

root@antec:/tmp# rm -f test.txt; echo a>test.txt

root@antec:/tmp# stat test.txt | \grep -i 2011
Access: 2011-08-01 21:54:30.000000000 +0200
Modify: 2011-08-01 21:54:30.000000000 +0200
Change: 2011-08-01 21:54:30.000000000 +0200

root@antec:/tmp# cat test.txt > /dev/null

root@antec:/tmp# stat test.txt | \grep -i 2011
Access: 2011-08-01 21:54:53.000000000 +0200
Modify: 2011-08-01 21:54:30.000000000 +0200
Change: 2011-08-01 21:54:30.000000000 +0200

root@antec:/tmp# date
Mon Aug  1 21:55:00 CEST 2011

root@antec:/tmp# cat test.txt > /dev/null

root@antec:/tmp# stat test.txt | \grep -i 2011
Access: 2011-08-01 21:54:53.000000000 +0200 <--- atime not modified
Modify: 2011-08-01 21:54:30.000000000 +0200
Change: 2011-08-01 21:54:30.000000000 +0200
root@antec:/tmp#

I have two questions:
- Is noatime or relatime a default mount options, and if yes, from which kernel release ?
- Is there a way to see the default mount options (ie: how can i see why i don't have the "normal" atime behaviour ?)
Many questions but i think they are related. Feel free to edit the title if you have a more explicit title.

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  • maybe ask at serverfault.com
    – rene
    Commented Aug 1, 2011 at 20:12

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This should list all the options a file system was mounted with:

cat /proc/mounts
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  • thanks. I see that "mount" does not show everything! Do you know where do the "additionnal" mount options (ie: those shown in /proc/mounts but not in /etc/fstab) come from ? I mean, where the kernel reads them ?
    – user368507
    Commented Aug 1, 2011 at 20:26
  • The kernel contains the default values appended as file system options if no particular value is specified. The exact values of the default options are contained in the kernel config when you compile the kernel.
    – Clarus
    Commented Aug 1, 2011 at 20:46
  • google returns nothing on "CONFIG_ relatime" and grep -i relatime .config returns nothing on my machine. What did i miss ?
    – user368507
    Commented Aug 1, 2011 at 20:52
  • Check kerneltrap.org/node/14148
    – Clarus
    Commented Aug 1, 2011 at 21:25
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    Or just type mount without any parameter, that's gonna basically do a cat /proc/mounts but it's a nice shorthand.
    – Csaba Toth
    Commented Jul 25, 2016 at 3:18
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This question is pretty old, but you can look at default mount options for an ext filesystem with:

tune2fs -l /dev/<device>
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  • And how would someone install that program, since it does not appear to be a standard inclusion? Commented Oct 5, 2015 at 10:25
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    @underscore_d use "apt-get install e2fsprogs" or the appropriate local equivalent. Commented Oct 7, 2015 at 17:28
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nfsstat -m will give you a listing of all NFS mounts and flags.

With that said, I had to use cat /proc/mounts on an older 2.6.5 kernel, since nfsstat -m wasn't supported then.

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