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Date:   Wed, 11 Aug 2021 16:32:53 -0700
From:   "Darrick J. Wong" <djwong@...nel.org>
To:     Theodore Ts'o <tytso@....edu>
Cc:     linux-ext4 <linux-ext4@...r.kernel.org>
Subject: [PATCH] mke2fs: warn about missing y2038 support when formatting
 fresh ext4 fs

From: Darrick J. Wong <djwong@...nel.org>

Filesystems with 128-byte inodes do not support timestamps beyond the
year 2038.  Since we're now less than 16.5 years away from that point,
it's time to start warning users about this lack of support when they
format an ext4 filesystem with small inodes.

First, change the mke2fs.conf file to specify 256-byte inodes even for
small filesystems, then add a warning to mke2fs itself if someone is
trying to make us format an ext4 filesystem with 128-byte inodes.

Note that we /don't/ warn about these things if the user has signalled
that they want an old format such as ext2, ext3, or hurd.  Everyone
should know by now that those are legacy.

Signed-off-by: Darrick J. Wong <djwong@...nel.org>
---
 misc/mke2fs.c       |   35 +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
 misc/mke2fs.conf.in |    4 ++--
 2 files changed, 37 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)

diff --git a/misc/mke2fs.c b/misc/mke2fs.c
index 92003e11..b16880c2 100644
--- a/misc/mke2fs.c
+++ b/misc/mke2fs.c
@@ -1537,6 +1537,30 @@ static int get_device_geometry(const char *file,
 }
 #endif
 
+/*
+ * Returns true if the user is forcing an old format (e.g. ext2, ext3).
+ *
+ * If there is no fs_types list, the user invoked us with no explicit type and
+ * gets the default (ext4) format.  If we find the latest format (ext4) in the
+ * type list, some combination of program name and -T argument put us in ext4
+ * mode.  Anything else (ext2, ext3, hurd) and we return false.
+ */
+static inline int
+old_format_forced(char **fs_types)
+{
+	int found_ext4 = 0;
+	int i;
+
+	if (!fs_types)
+		return 0;
+
+	for (i = 0; fs_types[i]; i++)
+		if (!strcmp(fs_types[i], "ext4"))
+			found_ext4 = 1;
+
+	return !found_ext4;
+}
+
 static void PRS(int argc, char *argv[])
 {
 	int		b, c, flags;
@@ -2603,6 +2627,17 @@ static void PRS(int argc, char *argv[])
 		exit(1);
 	}
 
+	/* If the user didn't tell us to format with an old ondisk format... */
+	if (!old_format_forced(fs_types)) {
+		/*
+		 * ...warn them that filesystems with 128-byte inodes will not
+		 * work properly beyond 2038.
+		 */
+		if (inode_size == EXT2_GOOD_OLD_INODE_SIZE)
+			printf(
+_("128-byte inodes cannot handle dates beyond 2038 and are deprecated\n"));
+	}
+
 	/* Make sure number of inodes specified will fit in 32 bits */
 	if (num_inodes == 0) {
 		unsigned long long n;
diff --git a/misc/mke2fs.conf.in b/misc/mke2fs.conf.in
index 01e35cf8..2fa1a824 100644
--- a/misc/mke2fs.conf.in
+++ b/misc/mke2fs.conf.in
@@ -16,12 +16,12 @@
 	}
 	small = {
 		blocksize = 1024
-		inode_size = 128
+		inode_size = 256
 		inode_ratio = 4096
 	}
 	floppy = {
 		blocksize = 1024
-		inode_size = 128
+		inode_size = 256
 		inode_ratio = 8192
 	}
 	big = {

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