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SubjectIS_ERR Threshold Value

from include/asm-mips/errno.h
#define EDQUOT 1133 /* Quota exceeded */

I noticed that the errno value for EDQUOT on MIPS is considerably larger
than all others. This can lead to a situation where functions using
ERR_PTR() to return error codes in pointers cannot return this error
code without IS_ERR() thinking that the pointer is valid. In my case,
it caused an alignment exception in the XFS open call when quota has
been exceeded in the linux-mips 2.6.14 kernel. I think that the XFS
code has changed enough that this bug isn't in newer versions, though I
haven't done a thorough investigation.

I've supplied a patch that addresses this situation by changing the
threshold used by IS_ERR if EMAXERRNO is defined and greater than 1000.
Perhaps permanently raising the threshold value to something >1133 is

Looking forward to your feedback.

Erik Frederiksen
Firmware Design Engineer Co-op
PMC-Sierra Saskatoon

diff -Nau [ab]/include/linux/err.h
--- a/include/linux/err.h 2005-10-30 13:14:22.000000000 -0600
+++ b/include/linux/err.h 2006-06-28 10:38:43.000000000 -0600
@@ -12,8 +12,23 @@
* This should be a per-architecture thing, to allow different
* error and pointer decisions.
+ *
+ * Updated by Erik Frederiksen (
+ * errno values on MIPS go up to 1133 for EDQUOT. The threshold
+ * is adjusted so that returning large errnos in a pointer
+ * does not result in a valid pointer according to IS_ERR.
-#define IS_ERR_VALUE(x) unlikely((x) > (unsigned long)-1000L)
+#define ERR_PTR_THRESHOLD 1000
+#define IS_ERR_VALUE(x) \
+ unlikely((x) > (unsigned long)-(long)ERR_PTR_THRESHOLD )
+# undef IS_ERR_VALUE
+# define IS_ERR_VALUE(x) \
+ unlikely((x) >= (unsigned long)-(long)EMAXERRNO )
+# endif

static inline void *ERR_PTR(long error)

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