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SubjectRe: [Ext2-devel] [PATCH 1/2] ext2/3: Support 2^32-1 blocks(Kernel)
On Mar 25, 2006  11:51 -0300, wrote:
> As AMS has pointed out, the filesystem creator must be set to Hurd for
> these inode fields to be used. Since ext2 seems to be the most
> supported filesystem on Hurd, most of the ext2 fs used have the fs
> creator set to Hurd.

So, if fs creator is Linux then HURD doesn't try to use those fields?
That would allow Linux to start using them, and if such a filesystem
is used on HURD then it could store the translator/author/mode_high
in the xattr space. Does it even make sense to add translator/author
to existing files, or only at file creation time?

That would mean that Linux would just need to check the fs creator
field before using any of the HURD-reserved fields.

> Regarding compatibility, there are plans to support xattr in Hurd and
> use them for these fields, translator and author. (I can't recall what
> i_mode_high is used for.) With respect to that, I'd appreciate if
> there is a recommendation to every ext2 implementation (not only
> Linux) that supports xattr, to support gnu.translator and
> (I'll check about the i_mode_high and post about it asap.).

Not that we will be in a rush to use these fields, but it would be good
to know what i_mode_high is used for in case it ever becomes relevant
for Linux we would want to keep it the same meaning as HURD.

> There is a
> patch by Roland McGrath for Linux that supports those besides the
> reserved fields in case the fs creator is Hurd.

I'm not sure what is required for supporting such EAs? I don't think
any kernel would remove existing EAs, even if it doesn't understand

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

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