Re: Ext2 groups descriptor corruption in 2.2 - Phillips's patch seems to work

From: Daniel Phillips (
Date: Wed Jan 02 2002 - 06:42:54 EST

On January 1, 2002 02:28 pm, Ville Herva wrote:
> A while ago Daniel Phillips posted a patch for 2.4.0-test11 to cure groups
> descriptor corruption in ext2.
> The corruption had been seen with 2.2 and 2.0 for a long time. It happens
> most likely in situations where there are many hard links to same inode (see
> first report below).
> I gather this fix has gone into 2.4 mainline in different form (see Al
> Viro's fix below). It never went to 2.2 (nor 2.0) afaik.
> The fix applies pretty cleanly to 2.2.20, and has been tested by me and
> Samuli Kärkkäinen (again, see first problem report) for about a month now.
> Samuli reports that he had been able to reproduce the bug in about 10-15
> backup runs with unpatched 2.2.18. With the patch applied, it hasn't
> appeared in well over 20 runs. My experience is similar with 2.2.20.
> I haven't tested the patch on 2.0, but the problem seems to exists in 2.0 as
> well. Taking a quick look, it seems the patch can be applied to 2.0.40pre3
> with minor tweaking (s/ext2_get_group_desc/get_group_desc/g, remove
> le16_to_cpu() from patch, and perhaps the add the additional get_group_desc
> return value error checking to 2.0 ialloc.c that 2.2 has.)
> Alan, David, perhaps this would be worth applying to next 2.2/2.0 pre? Al,
> Daniel, what do you think? Should the patch be tidied up before 2.2
> inclusion (as was done for 2.4)?

Since you have done such a thorough job of documenting the whole thing, why
not drop the other shoe and submit the patches?

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