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    Subject[patch 092/114] ext4: Fix to read empty directory blocks correctly in 64k

    2.6.28-stable review patch. If anyone has any objections, please let us know.


    From: Wei Yongjun <>

    (cherry picked from commit 7be2baaa0322c59ba888aa5260a8c130666acd41)

    The rec_len field in the directory entry is 16 bits, so there was a
    problem representing rec_len for filesystems with a 64k block size in
    the case where the directory entry takes the entire 64k block.
    Unfortunately, there were two schemes that were proposed; one where
    all zeros meant 65536 and one where all ones (65535) meant 65536.
    E2fsprogs used 0, whereas the kernel used 65535. Oops. Fortunately
    this case happens extremely rarely, with the most common case being
    the lost+found directory, created by mke2fs.

    So we will be liberal in what we accept, and accept both encodings,
    but we will continue to encode 65536 as 65535. This will require a
    change in e2fsprogs, but with fortunately ext4 filesystems normally
    have the dir_index feature enabled, which precludes having a
    completely empty directory block.

    Signed-off-by: Wei Yongjun <>
    Signed-off-by: "Theodore Ts'o" <>
    Signed-off-by: Greg Kroah-Hartman <>

    fs/ext4/ext4.h | 2 +-
    1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 1 deletion(-)

    --- a/fs/ext4/ext4.h
    +++ b/fs/ext4/ext4.h
    @@ -862,7 +862,7 @@ static inline unsigned ext4_rec_len_from
    unsigned len = le16_to_cpu(dlen);

    - if (len == EXT4_MAX_REC_LEN)
    + if (len == EXT4_MAX_REC_LEN || len == 0)
    return 1 << 16;
    return len;

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