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Date:	Thu, 22 Mar 2012 17:31:50 +0000
From:	Al Viro <>
To:	Ted Ts'o <>, Artem Bityutskiy <>,
	Thierry Reding <>,
	Jan Kara <>,,,
Subject: Re: [PATCH] ext2: Don't export ext2_mask_flags() to user space

On Thu, Mar 22, 2012 at 12:28:25PM -0400, Ted Ts'o wrote:
> On Thu, Mar 22, 2012 at 08:00:41AM +0200, Artem Bityutskiy wrote:
> > On Thu, 2012-03-22 at 06:53 +0100, Thierry Reding wrote:
> > > What's the recommended fix for packages that cannot or will not use
> > > libext2fs, like busybox? Copy the required parts into a private header
> > > and use that instead?
> > 
> > The normal way is to just keep a private copy of the whole header file.
> > Because the on-disk format stays compatible, those programs do not have
> > to update the header very often - only rarely if they want to support
> > some new feature.
> Even if they're not iwlling to use libext2fs (for space reasons, I
> would assume?  It can't be because of license compatibility issues
> since they are both GPLv2), they could just simply grab the ext2_fs.h
> from e2fsprogs.  That has all of the file system definitions for ext2,
> ext3, and ext4.

Ho-hum...  Then we could kill a lot of lines in include/linux/ext2_fs.h.
I wonder how much of what remains has any business being outside of
fs/ext2, actually - AFAICS, there are very few places that might possibly

arch/blackfin/kernel/setup.c:595:       if (*((unsigned short *)(mtd_phys + 0x438)) == EXT2_SUPER_MAGIC)
fs/nfsd/nfs3proc.c:599:         case EXT2_SUPER_MAGIC:  
fs/nfsd/nfs3proc.c:600:                 resp->p_link_max = EXT2_LINK_MAX;
fs/nfsd/nfs3proc.c:601:                 resp->p_name_max = EXT2_NAME_LEN;
init/do_mounts_rd.c:57: struct ext2_super_block *ext2sb;
init/do_mounts_rd.c:70: ext2sb = (struct ext2_super_block *) buf;
init/do_mounts_rd.c:153:        if (ext2sb->s_magic == cpu_to_le16(EXT2_SUPER_MAGIC)) {
init/do_mounts_rd.c:155:                       "RAMDISK: ext2 filesystem found at block %d\n",
init/do_mounts_rd.c:157:                nblocks = le32_to_cpu(ext2sb->s_blocks_count) <<
init/do_mounts_rd.c:158:                        le32_to_cpu(ext2sb->s_log_block_size);
security/selinux/hooks.c:2974:  case EXT2_IOC_GETFLAGS:
security/selinux/hooks.c:2976:  case EXT2_IOC_GETVERSION:
security/selinux/hooks.c:2980:  case EXT2_IOC_SETFLAGS:
security/selinux/hooks.c:2982:  case EXT2_IOC_SETVERSION:

and that's it.  blackfin and do_mounts_rd are doing the same thing (blackfin -
buggy, AFAICS).  Looks like both are  asking for something along the lines of
sector_t detect_ext2(void *image), returning 0 if it's not one and size in
kilobytes if it is...  nfsd one is just plain weird; what the hell is going
on there?  And selinux wants to know 4 ioctl numbers.

Everything else doesn't go beyond fs/ext2; there's a couple of odd macros
but they are not used anywhere *and* EXT2_FEATURE_COMPAT_EXT_ATTR is not
available in the places that include those headers...
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