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Date:	Tue, 19 Jun 2007 02:51:41 -0600
From:	Andreas Dilger <>
To:	Girish Shilamkar <>
Cc:	Alex Tomas <>,
	Ext4 Mailing List <>,
	Theodore Tso <>
Subject: Re: Updated patches for journal checksums.

On Jun 19, 2007  13:45 +0530, Girish Shilamkar wrote:
> On Tue, 2007-06-19 at 12:03 +0400, Alex Tomas wrote:
> > say, at mount time we fund transaction logged. this means part of it can be
> > on a disk. 
> I am not sure I understand this completely. Still I hope the following
> answers your question.

I _think_ Alex is asking "what happens if during a transaction undergoing
checkpoint of blocks to filesystem (not the last one in the journal) is
interrupted by a crash and upon restart the partially-checkpointed
transaction is found to have a checksum error?"

> > what do we do if transaction in the journal is found with wrong
> > checksum? leave partial transaction in-place?
> The sanity of the transaction is checked in PASS_SCAN. And if checksum
> is found to be incorrect for nth transaction then last transaction which
> is written to disk is (n - 1).

The recovery.c code (AFAIK) does not do replay for any transaction that
does not have a valid checksum, or transactions beyond that.  If the
bad transaction had already started chekpoint (i.e. isn't the last
committed transaction) then the journal _should_ return an error up to
the filesystem, so it can call ext4_error() at startup.  For e2fsck
(which normally does journal replay & recovery) it can do a full
filesystem check at this point.

Cheers, Andreas
Andreas Dilger
Principal Software Engineer
Cluster File Systems, Inc.

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