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Date:	Fri, 30 Mar 2012 13:57:26 +0100
From:	"Richard W.M. Jones" <>
To:	Ext4 Developers List <>
Cc:	Sami Liedes <>
Subject: Commit c1a1e7fc24d6 causes segfault in ext2fs_new_inode

[I'm tracking this issue here:]

febootstrap uses the ext2fs library to construct an ext2 filesystem.

Since we updated to the latest version in git, febootstrap segfaults
in ext2fs_find_first_zero_generic_bmap (called from ext2fs_new_inode).
There's a complete stack trace in the bug above.

I'm not claiming that we are calling this library correctly, but,
you know, "it always worked until now".

Here is the calling code:

git bisect points to this change being the one which causes the

c1a1e7fc24d6e37f931bbb8eeb29c90243f0a55d is the first bad commit
commit c1a1e7fc24d6e37f931bbb8eeb29c90243f0a55d
Author: Sami Liedes <>
Date:   Sat Mar 10 22:36:12 2012 +0200

    libext2fs: Implement ext2fs_find_first_zero_generic_bmap().
    This function searches a bitmap for the first zero bit within a range.
    It checks if there is a bitmap backend specific implementation
    available (if the relevant field in bitmap_ops is non-NULL). If not,
    it uses a generic and slow method by repeatedly calling test_bmap() in
    a loop. Also change ext2fs_new_inode() to use this new function.
    This change in itself does not result in a large speedup, rather it
    refactors the code in preparation for the introduction of a faster
    find_first_zero() for bitarray based bitmaps.
    Signed-off-by: Sami Liedes <>
    Signed-off-by: Theodore Ts'o <>


Richard Jones, Virtualization Group, Red Hat
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