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Date:	Thu, 14 Jun 2012 14:00:29 -0500
From:	Eric Sandeen <>
To:	Zachary Mark <>
Subject: Re: Discrepancy in 'df' output between kernel 3.0 and 3.2 for ext4?

On 6/13/12 1:27 PM, Eric Sandeen wrote:
> On 6/13/12 1:08 PM, Zachary Mark wrote:
>> Ext4 developers,
>> I recently upgraded my kernel from 3.0.24 to 3.2.18, and discovered
>> that df is now reporting different statistics for my ext4 file
>> systems (sda1 is ext3 and unaffected). Notice the difference
>> between the 1K-blocks column and Used column between kernel
>> versions (Available remains constant, as it is merely Used
>> subtracted from the total size):


>> Is this discrepancy between the df outputs on the two kernel versions
>> expected given my mount options? I decided to come to the list
>> because I don't have the technical depth with regard to ext4 to be
>> able to analyze the ext4_statfs changes that went into making
>> bigalloc work, and I haven't found any reports of similar symptoms
>> via web searches or the Documentation/filesystems/ext4.txt. This is
> just came in and is probably the same root cause.
> Thanks for the bisect!  I'll let Ted worry about it for now, at least until I have more time.

Ted, one thing that seems very weird to me.  When using BSD-style df, which is supposed to ignore basic metadata overhead, shouldn't a freshly mkfs'd filesystem always show free blocks == total blocks?  It doesn't do that either before or after your changes, which seems odd to me.  Am I misunderstanding what "bsddf" is supposed to do?

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