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Date:	Tue, 4 Sep 2012 23:27:06 +0200
From:	Jan Kara <>
To:	Eric Sandeen <>
Cc:	Jan Kara <>,
	ext4 development <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH, RFC] ext3: don't clear orphan list on ro mount with

On Tue 04-09-12 13:51:57, Eric Sandeen wrote:
> On 8/28/12 3:02 AM, Jan Kara wrote:
> > On Mon 27-08-12 14:30:40, Eric Sandeen wrote:
> >> When we have a filesystem with an orphan inode list *and* in error
> >> state, things behave differently if:
> >>
> >> 1) e2fsck -p is done prior to mount: e2fsck fixes things and exits
> >>    happily (barring other significant problems)
> >>
> >> vs.
> >>
> >> 2) mount is done first, then e2fsck -p: due to the orphan inode
> >>    list removal, more errors are found and e2fsck exits with
> >>
> >> The 2nd case above, on the root filesystem, has the tendency to halt
> >> the boot process, which is unfortunate.
> >>
> >> The situation can be improved by not clearing the orphan
> >> inode list when the fs is mounted readonly.
> >   Yeah, makes sense. I've added the patch to my tree. Thanks.
> > 
> > 								Honza
> After a little more investigation, I'm now wondering if this is really
> worth doing.
> e2fsck zaps the orphan list just like the kernel does:
>          * If the filesystem contains errors, don't run the orphan
>          * list, since the orphan list can't be trusted; and we're
>          * going to be running a full e2fsck run anyway...
> and my 1) and 2) differences above were due to testing an older version
> of e2fsck which didn't properly propagate the error flag.  (Sorry...)
> Since upstream e2fsck will _also_ ignore the orphan inode list, there's
> probably no great reason for preserving it on a readonly mount after all,
> unless it's just to minimize changes when mounting RO (which may be a
> sufficient reason, I suppose).  So feel free to take it or leave it,
> I guess.
  Since I've already pushed this to Linus and minimizing changes on RO
filesystem makes sense anyway, I'll leave the patch in... Thanks for the

Jan Kara <>
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