Currently, if the accessTime of a file changed before a snapshot is taken, this accessTime will be captured in the snapshot, even if there is no other modifications made to this file.
Because of this, when we calculate snapshotDiff, more work need to be done for this file, e,g,, metadataEquals method will be called, even if there is no modification is made (thus not recorded to snapshotDiff). This can cause snapshotDiff to slow down quite a lot when there are a lot of files to be examined.
This jira is to provide an option to skip capturing accessTime only change to snapshot. Thus snapshotDiff can be done faster.
When accessTime of a file changed, if there is other modification to the file, the access time will still be captured in snapshot.
Sometimes we want accessTime be captured to snapshot, such that when restoring from the snapshot, we know the accessTime of this snapshot. So this new feature is optional, and is controlled by a config property.
Worth to mention is, how accurately the acessTime is captured is dependent on the following config that has default value of 1 hour, which means new access within an hour of previous access will not be captured.