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Date:	Thu, 5 Jan 2012 12:42:05 +0100
From:	Jan Kara <>
To:	Djalal Harouni <>
Cc:	Jan Kara <>, Andreas Dilger <>,
	Andrew Morton <>,
	"Darrick J. Wong" <>,
	Theodore Ts'o <>,
	Yongqiang Yang <>,
	ext4 development <>,
	linux-kernel Mailing List <>,
	Al Viro <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] fs/ext{3,4}: fix potential race when setversion ioctl
 updates inode

On Thu 05-01-12 01:40:09, Djalal Harouni wrote:
> On Thu, Jan 05, 2012 at 12:32:54AM +0100, Jan Kara wrote:
> > > With the metadata checksum feature we were discussing using the inode
> > > generation as part of the seed for the directory leaf block checksum, so
> > > that it wasn't possible to incorrectly access stale directory blocks from
> > > a previous incarnation of the same inode number.
> > > 
> > > We were discussing just disabling this ioctl on filesystems with metadata
> > > checksums, and printing a deprecation warning for filesystems without that
> > > feature enabled.  I'm not aware of any real-world use for this ioctl, since
> > > NFS cannot use it to reconstruct handles because there's no API to allocate
> > > an inode with a specific number, so setting the generation is pointless.
> >   OK, I didn't know this. I'm fine with deprecating the ioctl if it's
> > useless but since that's going to take a while I think the cleanup still
> > makes some sense.
> Actually I've grepped this ioctl but did not found use cases, but as
> ext{3,2} also support it, I did not say anything (this is old, there is
> even the EXT4_IOC_SETVERSION_OLD ioctl ?). I don't know if this ioctl is
> used or not.
> Only the reiserfs and ext{2,3,4} filesystems support this ioctl. The reiserfs
> do not use mutexes at all, even in the REISERFS_IOC_SETFLAGS ioctl which will
> test and set _all_ the possible values of the i_flags field.
> Perhaps I should also send a patch for this ?
  Yes, possibly reiserfs should use i_mutex for that ioctl.

> And perhaps ext2 should also be updated.
  Sure. Send a patch my way when you have it.

Jan Kara <>
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