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Date:   Thu, 07 Jan 2021 18:00:21 +0100
From:   Florian Weimer <>
To:     "Theodore Ts'o" <>
Cc:     Russell King - ARM Linux admin <>,
        Arnd Bergmann <>, Will Deacon <>,,
        Mark Rutland <>,
        "" <>,
        Andreas Dilger <>,
        Ext4 Developers List <>,
        Linux ARM <>
Subject: Re: Aarch64 EXT4FS inode checksum failures - seems to be weak
 memory ordering issues

* Theodore Ts'o:

> On Thu, Jan 07, 2021 at 01:37:47PM +0000, Russell King - ARM Linux admin wrote:
>> > The gcc bugzilla mentions backports into gcc-linaro, but I do not see
>> > them in my git history.
>> So, do we raise the minimum gcc version for the kernel as a whole to 5.1
>> or just for aarch64?
> Russell, Arnd, thanks so much for tracking down the root cause of the
> bug!
> I will note that RHEL 7 uses gcc 4.8.  I personally don't have an
> objections to requiring developers using RHEL 7 to have to install a
> more modern gcc (since I use Debian Testing and gcc 10.2.1, myself,
> and gcc 5.1 is so five years ago :-), but I could imagine that being
> considered inconvenient for some.

Actually, RHEL 7 should have the fix (internal bug #1362635, curiously
we encountered it in the *XFS* CRC calculation code back then).

My understanding is that RHEL 7 aarch64 support ceased completely about
a month ago, so that shouldn't be an argument against bumping the
minimum version requirement to 5.1.

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