Re: [NFS] Updated patch for the [2.4.x] NFS 'missing directory entry a.k.a. IRIX server' problem...

From: H . J . Lu (
Date: Mon Feb 26 2001 - 18:28:26 EST

On Thu, Feb 22, 2001 at 03:48:50PM +0100, Trond Myklebust wrote:
> Hi,
> After having tried to thrash out what exactly is the kernel
> interface for telldir/seekdir w.r.t. the existence of negative offsets
> with the glibc people, I've finally found a way to work within the
> current scheme.
> The problem at hand is that we currently would like to support the
> existence of directory cookies that take unsigned 32-bit values in
> NFSv2, unsigned 64-bit values in NFSv3.
> Given that most NFSv3 servers can/do use 32-bit cookies for
> compatibility with 32-bit systems, we would like to be able to pass
> this type of cookie back up to userland for use by the 32-bit
> interface.
> However the interface chosen both in glibc and partly in the kernel
> itself assumes all cookies are 32-bit signed values. Thus you have to
> find a way to cope with the kernel and glibc sign extending (almost)
> all cookies which have bit 31 set.
> The following patch therefore does 3 things:
> - Patch linux/fs/readdir.c so that file->f_pos is copied into the
> dirent64 structure with sign extension. This is for consistency
> with the behaviour of filldir64.
> - Patch NFSv2 xdr routines so that 32-bit cookies get extended to
> take 64-bit signed values (as opposed to unsigned values) for
> consistency with the fact that (l|)off_t are both signed.
> - Patch NFSv3 xdr routines with a hack that mimics sign extension
> on those cookies which are truly 32-bit unsigned.
> To do this we use the transformation
> (cookie & 0x80000000) ? cookie ^ 0xFFFFFFFF00000000 : cookie;
> Note that this a transformation has no effect on true 64-bit
> cookies because it is reversible.
> - Make a special version of 'lseek()' for NFS directories that
> returns 0 if the offset used was negative (rather than returning
> the offset itself). This avoids userland misinterpreting the
> return value as an error.
> The above fixes should ensure that all cookies taking values between 0
> and (2^32-1) on the NFS server are preserved through the 32-bit VFS
> interface, and are accepted by glibc as valid entries. It should also
> work fine with existing 64-bit architectures.
> Please could people give this a try, and report if it fixes the
> problems.

I don't know how it will work with real 64bit cookies on a 32bit
host for NFS V3 since you truncate it into 32bit during sign

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