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Date:	Thu, 13 Nov 2008 22:01:33 -0500
From:	Valerie Aurora Henson <>
To:	Theodore Tso <>
Cc:	Andreas Dilger <>,
Subject: Re: [RFC,PATCH] 64-bit support for e2fsprogs

On Thu, Nov 13, 2008 at 03:30:57PM -0500, Theodore Tso wrote:
> On Wed, Nov 12, 2008 at 01:25:38PM -0700, Andreas Dilger wrote:
> > On Nov 11, 2008  19:42 -0800, Valerie Aurora Henson wrote:
> > > Use the following mke2fs command to produce a file system with more
> > > than 2^32 blocks:
> > > 
> > > $ mke2fs -t ext4 -O 64bit -b 4096 -N 200000 <device>
> > 
> > Ted, this actually exposes a bug in mke2fs, in that the device size to
> > "type" detection code is broken.  Val was reporting that running on a
> > 16TB device would pick the "floppy" type and try to use 1024-byte blocks
> > and 1 inode per 1024 bytes, which would exceed the 2^32 inode limit.
> > Hence the current requirement to specify a 4096-byte blocksize and a
> > hard limit on the number of inodes.

Actually, the main reason I hard-code the inodes is to speed up file
system creation time.

> 16TB using a 4k block size is 2**32 blocks, so it's not surprising
> it's screwing up and picking the floppy type.  I assume it's only
> looking at fs_param->s_blocks_count and not fs_param->s_blocks_count_hi.
> It also needs to cap the number of inodes in case of very large
> filesystems to make sure we don't overflow 2**32 inodes, yes.
> I'm not sure I would call this a bug in the existing mke2fs code, as
> much as it is simply that the 64-bit support is not yet complete.  Or
> am I missing something in what you complaining about?

I haven't tracked down the cause of this yet but I suspect it is
overflow as well.

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