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Date:   Thu, 23 Nov 2017 15:31:01 -0800
From:   Andi Kleen <andi@...stfloor.org>
To:     Theodore Ts'o <tytso@....edu>, Andi Kleen <andi@...stfloor.org>,
        tahsin@...gle.com, adilger@...ger.ca, linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org,
        linux-fsdevel@...r.kernel.org
Subject: Re: regression: 4.13 cannot follow symlinks on some ext3 fs

On Thu, Nov 23, 2017 at 05:23:17PM -0500, Theodore Ts'o wrote:
> On Thu, Nov 23, 2017 at 12:33:30PM -0800, Andi Kleen wrote:
> > 
> > I have an older qemu VM image that i sometimes use for testing. It
> > stopped booting with 4.13-4.14 because it couldn't run init.  
> > It uses ext3 for the root file system.
> 
> Hmm, do you know roughly when (what krenel version) this image was
> created?  We had done quite a lot of research and the belief was
> kernels never would create a "slow" symlink which was less than 60
> bytes.

The date of the inode is from 2007, the original kernel was 2.6.17
with a 32bit kernel.

> Or was this image something that was created manually (e.g., using debugfs)?

No, it was installed.

-Andi

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