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Date:	Thu, 12 Jun 2008 11:42:34 +0200
From:	Frédéric Bohé <>
Subject: [PATCH] ext4: fix online resize group descriptors corruption

From: Frederic Bohe <>

This is the patch for the group descriptor table corruption during
online resize pointed out by Theodore Tso.
The issue was due to the ext4 group descriptor which can be either
32 or 64 bytes long.
Only the 64 bytes structure was taken into account.

Signed-off-by: Frederic Bohe <>
URL for the discussion about this issue:

The patch has been tested with linux-2.6.26-rc4-ext4-1 and
under kvm and loopback device and without mballoc.

It has also been tested with linux-2.6.26-rc5, 
and e2fsprogs-365857912e27914afa8857af5adf74ee19ca9e03
with a physical hard disk and without mballoc

The patch does not correct the mballoc case (Oops in ext4_mb_release).
There is still an issue when resizing a flex_bg filesystem.

 resize.c |    3 ++-
 1 file changed, 2 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff -rup a/fs/ext4/resize.c b/fs/ext4/resize.c
--- a/fs/ext4/resize.c
+++ b/fs/ext4/resize.c
@@ -855,7 +855,8 @@ int ext4_group_add(struct super_block *s
 	/* Update group descriptor block for new group */
-	gdp = (struct ext4_group_desc *)primary->b_data + gdb_off;
+	gdp = (struct ext4_group_desc *)(
+	       (__u8 *)primary->b_data + gdb_off * EXT4_DESC_SIZE(sb));
 	ext4_block_bitmap_set(sb, gdp, input->block_bitmap); /* LV FIXME */
 	ext4_inode_bitmap_set(sb, gdp, input->inode_bitmap); /* LV FIXME */

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