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[2017.7] backport - Do not allow age to be a negative number #50252

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Backport file cache bug fix found while fixing 2018.3 tests

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age = time.time() - cache_stat.st_mtime
# st_time can have a greater precision than time, removing
# float precision makes sure age will never be a negative
# number.

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cachedout Oct 29, 2018


Could we just do an absolute value here instead?

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Originally when we saw age was able to be a negative number I thought it was due to st_mtime having greater floating point precision (which could make age negative). Later we found that there are also cases where the system time changes enough to make age negative. I think that means with the file_mtime > current_time check we don't need to cast things to int in the first place and the comment can be updated.

Otherwise, I'd prefer not to use abs since that could result in more cache updates (rather than less). The code would be simpler but less explicit. That is just my $0.02, using abs would work as you say.

@rallytime rallytime merged commit e535b38 into saltstack:2017.7 Oct 30, 2018

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