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Date:	Mon, 09 Jan 2012 11:16:28 +0100
From:	Bernd Schubert <>
Subject: [PATCH 0/4] [RESEND] 32/64 bit llseek hashes (v4)

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 4
- Andreas noticed there was HAVE_IS_COMPAT_TASK instead of 
  "Return 32/64-bit dir name hash according to usage type"

Version 3:
- remove patch "RFC: Remove check for a 32-bit cookie in nfsd4_readdir()", 
  as it was included upstream separately
- 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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