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Date:   Thu, 12 Aug 2021 14:47:37 +0200
From:   Jan Kara <>
To:     Ted Tso <>
Cc:     Boyang Xue <>, <>,
        Jan Kara <>
Subject: [PATCH] ext4: Fix tune2fs checksum failure for mounted filesystem

Commit 81414b4dd48 ("ext4: remove redundant sb checksum recomputation")
removed checksum recalculation after updating superblock free space /
inode counters in ext4_fill_super() based on the fact that we will
recalculate the checksum on superblock writeout. That is correct
assumption but until the writeout happens (which can take a long time)
the checksum is incorrect in the buffer cache and if tune2fs is called
in that time window it will complain. So return back the checksum
recalculation and add a comment explaining the tune2fs peculiarity.

Fixes: 81414b4dd48f ("ext4: remove redundant sb checksum recomputation")
Reported-by: Boyang Xue <>
Signed-off-by: Jan Kara <>
 fs/ext4/super.c | 6 ++++++
 1 file changed, 6 insertions(+)

diff --git a/fs/ext4/super.c b/fs/ext4/super.c
index dfa09a277b56..8f2474618f7e 100644
--- a/fs/ext4/super.c
+++ b/fs/ext4/super.c
@@ -5032,6 +5032,12 @@ static int ext4_fill_super(struct super_block *sb, void *data, int silent)
 		err = percpu_counter_init(&sbi->s_freeinodes_counter, freei,
+	/*
+	 * Let's update the checksum after updating free space/inode counters.
+	 * Otherwise sb will have incorrect checksum in the buffer cache until
+	 * sb is written out and tune2fs can get confused.
+	 */
+	ext4_superblock_csum_set(sb);
 	if (!err)
 		err = percpu_counter_init(&sbi->s_dirs_counter,
 					  ext4_count_dirs(sb), GFP_KERNEL);

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