On Sunday, February 10, 2013 at 08:26 EST,
     demerphq <demer...@gmail.com> wrote:

> Is windows stat really so slow?

Well, the problem is that there is no such thing as "Windows stat" :-)

> I encountered this perception in windows Perl in the past, and I know
> that on windows Perl stat *appears* slow compared to *nix, because in
> order to satisfy the full *nix stat interface, specifically the nlink
> field, it must open and close the file*. As of 5.10 this can be
> disabled by setting a magic var ${^WIN32_SLOPPY_STAT} to a true value,
> which makes a significant improvement to the performance of the Perl
> level stat implementation.  I would not be surprised if the cygwin
> implementation of stat() has the same issue as Perl did, and that stat
> appears much slower than it actually need be if you don't care about
> the nlink field.

I suggested a few years ago that FindFirstFile() be used to implement
stat() since it's way faster than opening and closing the file, but
FindFirstFile() apparently produces unreliable mtime results when DST
shifts are involved.

(The reference link in Johannes Sixt's first email is broken, but I'm
sure the information can be dug up.)

Based on a quick look it seems GetFileAttributesEx() is still used for
mingw and cygwin Git.

Magnus Bäck
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