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SubjectRe: blocks or KB? (was: .. current meaning of blk_size array)
At 05:55 15/11/01, Andreas Dilger wrote:
>On Nov 15, 2001 00:34 -0500, William Park wrote:
> > Judging by 'driver/block/nbd.c', it counts by BLOCK_SIZE=1204
> > (BLOCK_SIZE_BITS=10), even though you can set the block size to
> > [512,1024,...,PAGE_SIZE=4096]. Since NBD counts this 1KB block using
> > 'u64' integer, the ultimate size of filesystem is determined by the
> > kernel block device support.
> >
> > Looking at 'fs/block_dev.c', you can set the block size to
> > [512,1024,...,PAGE_SIZE=4096] also. But, 'max_block()' returns block
> > count in whatever block size of the device, not in BLOCK_SIZE:
>Sadly, while you _might_ be able to change the BLOCK_SIZE to be something
>other than 1kB, there are probably so many places that assume a 1kB size
>that you will need a lot of fixing. I'm not saying that fixing these
>things is bad (it would actually be good for many reasons), but just a
>heads-up that changing the BLOCK_SIZE define _probably_ won't get you 8TB
>devices (maybe a broken system, or corrupt fs instead). Use caution.

I changed BLOCK_SIZE back in the 2.4.0-test8 to 512 and had to do some
modifications to drivers/ide, drivers/scsi, fs/partitions and to fs/ext2 to
get it to work (patch is 10kiB so not too bad but it doesn't deal with the
MD driver nor with any of the devices/fs I don't actually use). It then
worked nicely for me. (Only minor problem with floppy disk resulting in a
block size error from ll_rw_block but it always went ahead and worked after
outputting the error.)

And yes, the fixes needed are mostly because of assumptions about
BLOCK_SIZE being 1024 bytes... If anyone is interested in having a look,
the now outdated patch is available on the web:


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