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Subject[PATCH] ext2/3 as ext4
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Hello Everyone,
Below is a small patch I wrote for kernel version 2.6.31.6. It
causes ext2/3 filesystems to be mounted using the ext4 driver, in a
way that is transparent to the userspace (and kernelspace for that
matter, as long as the code uses the kernel's mounting API) and
requires no change to the userspace (/kernelspace). This patch is
useful because: 1) It allows minimalist kernel fanatics, like myself,
to drop 2 drivers from their builds without any loss in functionality.
2) It allows the ext2/3 filesystems to take advantage of the
performance/general improvements in the ext4 driver. 3) In the future,
with this patch, the ext2/3 driver code could be dropped from the
kernel without any loss in functionality. I have been using this patch
for 2 months now with no flaws on my home Linux box, which uses ext3
drives on a daily basis.

Let me know if you use this patch, if enough people use it I will
write a proper KCONFIG and submit it for inclusion into the kernel.

So without further ado, here is the patch.

Sincerely,
Philip Wernersbach <philip.wernersbach@gmail.com>

--- linux-2.6.31.6.orig/fs/namespace.c 2009-11-28 22:30:07.178682500 -0500
+++ linux-2.6.31.6/fs/namespace.c 2009-11-28 22:32:42.813462139 -0500
@@ -6,6 +6,8 @@
*
* Based on code from fs/super.c, copyright Linus Torvalds and others.
* Heavily rewritten.
+ *
+ * Uses ext2/3 as ext4 patch by Philip Wernersbach (November 2009)
*/

#include <linux/syscalls.h>
@@ -1838,6 +1840,34 @@
return n;
}

+/*
+ * compare_fs_names(char *fs1, char *fs2) - Part of the ext2/3 as ext4 patch
+ *
+ * The following is a standard string compare function, made to compare
+ * filesystem names, it returns 0 if they equal, and 1 if they do not.
+ * It only handles strings up to 255 characters though, so be cautious.
+ */
+static int compare_fs_names(char *fs1, char *fs2)
+{
+ int i;
+
+ if (fs1 == 0L || fs2 == 0L) return 1;
+
+ for (i=0;i<256;i++)
+ {
+ if (fs1[i] != fs2[i])
+ return 1;
+ if (fs1[i] == 0 && fs2[i] == 0)
+ return 0;
+ if (fs1[i] == 0)
+ return 1;
+ if (fs2[i] == 0)
+ return 1;
+ }
+ return 0;
+}
+
+
int copy_mount_options(const void __user * data, unsigned long *where)
{
int i;
@@ -1891,6 +1921,22 @@
struct path path;
int retval = 0;
int mnt_flags = 0;
+
+ /*
+ * This causes ext2 filesystems to be mounted with the ext4 driver.
+ *
+ * Part of the ext2/3 as ext4 patch.
+ */
+ if (compare_fs_names(type_page, "ext2") == 0)
+ type_page[3] = '4';
+
+ /*
+ * This causes ext3 filesystems to be mounted with the ext4 driver.
+ *
+ * Part of the ext2/3 as ext4 patch.
+ */
+ if (compare_fs_names(type_page, "ext3") == 0)
+ type_page[3] = '4';

/* Discard magic */
if ((flags & MS_MGC_MSK) == MS_MGC_VAL)

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