Re: [EXT4 set 4][PATCH 2/5] i_version: Add hi 32 bit inode version on ext4 on-disk inode

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On Jul 10, 2007  16:30 -0700, Andrew Morton wrote:
> > Signed-off-by: Mingming Cao <[email protected]>
> > Signed-off-by: Andreas Dilger <[email protected]>
> > Signed-off-by: Kalpak Shah <[email protected]>
> > ---
> > Index: linux-2.6.21/include/linux/ext4_fs.h
> > ===================================================================
> > --- linux-2.6.21.orig/include/linux/ext4_fs.h
> > +++ linux-2.6.21/include/linux/ext4_fs.h
> > @@ -342,6 +342,7 @@ struct ext4_inode {
> >  	__le32  i_atime_extra;  /* extra Access time      (nsec << 2 | epoch) */
> >  	__le32  i_crtime;       /* File Creation time */
> >  	__le32  i_crtime_extra; /* extra FileCreationtime (nsec << 2 | epoch) */
> > +	__le32	i_version_hi;	/* high 32 bits for 64-bit version */
> >  };
> Aren't there forward- backward-compatibility issues here?  How does the
> filesystem driver work out whether this field is present and valid?

This uses the same EXT4_FITS_IN_INODE() check as any other, so the
compatibility issues are handled.  NFSv4 could live with 32-bit versions
with only a small danger of overflow, so we can still export ext3
filesystems with 128-byte inodes that have been updated to ext4.  For
Lustre (which requires 64-bit versions), we will enforce that space is
available with s_min_extra_isize and RO_COMPAT_EXTRA_ISIZE.

In the case where an older ext3/ext4 filesystem with large inodes does
not have enough space for i_version_hi the EAs that follow i_extra_isize
will be shifted to make room for it (if possible, which is likely).  There
are no critical fields inside i_extra_isize so in the rare case of a
failure to enlarge the i_extra_isize is not a cause for alarm.

Cheers, Andreas
Andreas Dilger
Principal Software Engineer
Cluster File Systems, Inc.

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