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Date:   Tue,  9 Jan 2018 09:47:01 -0500
From:   Jeff Layton <>
Subject: [RFC PATCH] ext4: don't split xattr inode refcounts across i_ctime and i_version fields

From: Jeff Layton <>

This patch is based on top of the i_version rework that I'm flogging
upstream. It's just a cleanup of some nastiness I noticed while in there.

This code uses the i_ctime and i_version fields to each store half of
a refcount. I suspect it was done this way long ago when the i_version
field was a 32 bits, and was never changed when the field was converted
to a 64 bit value.

Change the code to just store the refcount in the i_version field rather
than splitting it across both fields.

Cc: David Howells <>
Signed-off-by: Jeff Layton <>
 fs/ext4/xattr.c | 6 ++----
 1 file changed, 2 insertions(+), 4 deletions(-)

diff --git a/fs/ext4/xattr.c b/fs/ext4/xattr.c
index 63656dbafdc4..6ea78dd367ca 100644
--- a/fs/ext4/xattr.c
+++ b/fs/ext4/xattr.c
@@ -294,14 +294,12 @@ ext4_xattr_inode_hash(struct ext4_sb_info *sbi, const void *buffer, size_t size)
 static u64 ext4_xattr_inode_get_ref(struct inode *ea_inode)
-	return ((u64)ea_inode->i_ctime.tv_sec << 32) |
-		(u32) inode_peek_iversion_raw(ea_inode);
+	return inode_peek_iversion_raw(ea_inode);
 static void ext4_xattr_inode_set_ref(struct inode *ea_inode, u64 ref_count)
-	ea_inode->i_ctime.tv_sec = (u32)(ref_count >> 32);
-	inode_set_iversion_raw(ea_inode, ref_count & 0xffffffff);
+	inode_set_iversion_raw(ea_inode, ref_count);
 static u32 ext4_xattr_inode_get_hash(struct inode *ea_inode)

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