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Date:	Tue, 23 Aug 2011 17:56:08 -0400
From:	"J. Bruce Fields" <>
To:	Bernd Schubert <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH 0/2] 32/64 bit llseek hashes (v3)

On Tue, Aug 16, 2011 at 01:54:04PM +0200, 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 3:
> - remove patch "RFC: Remove check for a 32-bit cookie in nfsd4_readdir()",
>   I think Bruce wanted to take it seperately as bug fix. It should be applied
>   before applying the remaining NFS patches, as without it NFSv4 will always
>   fail with the new 64-bit ext4 seek hashes.

Yes, applied to my for-3.2 branch at

For the NFS patches:

	Acked-by: J. Bruce Fields <>

OK by me if they go in through ext4 tree, or however's most convenient.


> - split "nfsd: vfs_llseek() with 32 or 64 bit offsets (hashes)" into two
>   two separate patches as suggested by Bruce, one patch to rename 
>   'access' to 'may_flags'. And the remainder of the original patch to set 
>   FMODE_32BITHASH/FMODE_64BITHASH flags and to introduce the new 
> 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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