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Date:	Tue, 27 Mar 2012 21:00:20 -0500
From:	Eric Sandeen <>
To:	"Theodore Ts'o" <>
Subject: Re: Release of e2fsprogs 1.42.2

On 3/27/12 8:14 PM, Theodore Ts'o wrote:
> Hi all,
> I've released e2fsprogs 1.42.2 in all of the usual places; it's tagged
> in the git trees on, github, and sourceforge, and
> available for ftp at:
> and
> Here are the release notes.

FYI, this is built in Fedora Rawhide now.


> 						- Ted
> E2fsprogs 1.42.2 (March 27, 2012)
> =================================
> The resize2fs program uses much less CPU and is much faster for very
> large file systems.  (Addresses Debian Bug: #663237)
> The seti and freei commands in debugfs can now take an optional length
> argument to set and clear a contiguous range of inodes.
> E2fsck will now make explicit checks for the EOFBLOCKS_FL, since we
> plan to remove support for it from the kernel file system driver.  It
> really wasn't very useful and was causing more problems than it
> solves.  Since e2fsck will complain if inodes that should have
> EOFBLOCKS_FL do not have the flag set, we are going to remove this
> check from e2fsprogs first, and then only remove the flag from the
> kernel much later.
> The mke2fs program can now use direct I/O via "mke2fs -D".  This will
> slow down the mke2fs, but it makes it more polite on a loaded server
> by limiting the amount of memory that gets dirtied by mke2fs when it
> is using buffered I/O.
> E2fsck was needlessly closing and re-opening the file system as a side
> effect of adding Multiple Mount Protection (MMP).  This isn't
> necessary for non-MMP file systems, so drop it.
> Print errors returned by ext2fs_open2() and ext2fs_check_desc() so we
> can more easily diagnose memory allocation failures caused by
> insufficient memory.  E2fsck will now abort if there are memory
> allocation failures when the file system is initially opened and
> during the block group descriptor checks.  (Addresses Google Bug:
> #6208183)
> If there are incorrect block group checks, e2fsck will now report the
> incorrect and corrected checksum values.
> The e2fsck progam can now write log files containing the details of
> the problems that were found and fixed directly, via configuration
> parameters in /etc/e2fsck.conf.
> Added the ability to limit the number of messages reported by e2fsck
> for a given problem type.  This avoids a potential bottleneck if there
> is a serial console which can cause a boot sequence to take a long
> time if e2fsck needs to report many, many file system errors.
> The dumpe2fs, debugfs, and tune2fs now use rbtree bitmaps, which cause
> them to use much less memory for large file systems.
> The dumpe2fs program will now print the expected block group checksum
> if it is incorrect.  This helps to diagnose problems caused by
> incorrect block group checksums.
> E2fsck now checks for extents with a zero length, since the kernel
> will oops if it comes accross such a corrupted data structure.  (See
> E2fsck has a number of bugs relating to discard that have been fixed.
> (1) Fixed a bug which could cause e2fsck to discard portions of the
> inode table which were actually in use.  (2) E2fsck will now avoid
> using discard if the block device doesn't zero data on discard, since
> otherwise this could cause problems if the file system gets corrupted
> in the future.  (3) E2fsck will now avoid using discard when it is run
> in read-only mode.  (4) Fixed a bug which caused e2fsck to not issue
> discards in the last block group.
> E2fsck's CPU utilization in pass 5 has been optimized, which will
> speed up e2fsck slightly.
> E2image will now skip copying uninitialized bitmap and inode table
> blocks.
> Fixed mke2fs -S so it does not corrupt the first block group's
> information.
> E2fsck will now check the new sysfs interface to determine if we are
> using the battery or AC mains.  (Addresses SourceForge Bug: #3439277)
> Updated/fixed various man pages.  (Addresses Debian Bug: #665427)
> Fixed various Debian Packaging issues.  (Addresses Debian Bug: #665885)
> Programmer's Notes
> ------------------
> Fixed various portability issues for non-Linux systems, particularly
> MacOS X, as well as Linux systems running with the just-released glibc
> 2.15.
> Fix file descriptor leak in ext2fs_close() if the file system with
> uninit_bg is opened read/only with a backup superblock.  (Addresses
> SourceForge Bug: #3444351)
> Fixed an invalid return in a non-void function in the quota code.
> (Addresses SourceForge Bug: #3468423)
> Fixed the debian rules file so that the calls to dpkg-buildflags works
> when the shell is dash.
> The debian package build now uses V=1 so that there is more
> information about potential build failures in debian buildd logs.
> If the uninit flags get cleared by functions such as
> ext2fs_new_inode() or ext2fs_new_block2(), we now make sure the
> superblock is marked dirty and the block group descriptor checksum is
> updated if necessary.
> The debian rules file will now try to load debian/rules.custom of it
> exists.  This flie can skip various builds for speed reasons if there
> is no need for the e2fsck-static or udeb packages.  Available
> customizations in the rules file includes SKIP_STATIC=yes,
> SKIP_BF=yes, and SKIP_DIETLIBC=yes.
> In addition, if the file misc/ exists in the
> source tree, it will be used instead of the standard misc.conf file in
> the upstream sources.  This makes it easier for Debian-derived systems
> to distribute a custom mke2fs.conf file without having to worry about
> merge issues if future versions of e2fsprogs makes changes in the
> upstream default version of mke2fs.conf.
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