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Date:   Fri, 12 Aug 2022 21:11:47 -0400
From:   "Theodore Ts'o" <>
To:     Andreas Dilger <>
Cc:, Dongyang Li <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] debugfs: quiet debugfs 'catastrophic' message

On Fri, Aug 05, 2022 at 04:06:07PM -0600, Andreas Dilger wrote:
> When debugfs runs with "-c", it prints a scary-looking message:
>     catastrophic mode - not reading inode or group bitmaps
> that is often misunderstood by users to mean that there is something
> wrong with the filesystem, when there is no problem at all.
> Not reading the bitmaps is totally normal and expected behavior for
> the "-c" option, which is used to significantly shorten the debugfs
> command execution time by not reading metadata that isn't needed for
> commands run against very large filesystems.
> Since there is often confusion about what this message means, it
> would be better to just avoid printing anything at all, since the
> use of "-c" is expressly requesting this behavior, and there are
> no messages printed out for other options.
> Signed-off-by: Andreas Dilger <>
> Reviewed-by: Dongyang Li <>
> Change-Id: I59b26a601780544ab995aa4ca7ab0c2123c70118

Applied, thanks!

					- Ted

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