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Date:	Mon, 08 Aug 2011 17:47:21 +0200
From:	Bernd Schubert <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH 0/4] 32/64 bit llseek hashes v2

Oh sorry, I forgot to set the correct subject line in my stg command line :(

On 08/08/2011 05:37 PM, Bernd Schubert wrote:
> With the ext3/ext4 directory index implementation hashes are used to specify
> offsets for llseek(). For compatibility with NFSv2 and 32-bit user space
> on 64-bit systems (kernel space) ext3/ext4 currently only return 32-bit
> hashes and therefore the probability of hash collisions for larger directories
> is rather high. As recently reported on the NFS mailing list that theoretical
> problem also happens on real systems:
> The following series adds two new f_mode flags to tell ext4
> to use 32-bit or 64-bit hash values for llseek() calls.
> These flags can then used by network file systems, such as NFS, to
> request 32-bit or 64-bit offsets (hashes).
> Version 2:
> - use f_mode instead of O_* flags and also in a separate patch
> - introduce EXT4_HTREE_EOF_32BIT and EXT4_HTREE_EOF_64BIT
> - fix SEEK_END in ext4_dir_llseek()
> - set f_mode flags in NFS code as early as possible and introduce a new
>    NFSD_MAY_64BIT_COOKIE flag for that
> --
> Bernd Schubert
> Fraunhofer ITWM
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