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SubjectRe: Bug in ext3
On Thu, Nov 15, 2001 at 05:07:42PM -0700, Andreas Dilger wrote:
> On Nov 15, 2001 18:38 -0500, Ben Collins wrote:
> > I wont say that I am absolutely 100% sure that ext3 was never tried on
> > this filesystem. I am pretty certain, but I'm guessing it doesn't really
> > make much difference at this point. Your scenario of the corruption
> > makes sense. I'll see if I can test your patch at some point (but I most
> > likely cannot).
> >
> > Filesystem features: has_journal filetype sparse_super
> > ...
> > Journal inode: 48
>
> What I'm thinking happened here is at some point long ago (maybe before
> the server was put into production, who knows) someone tested ext3 on
> it. When they were done, they deleted the .journal file (inode #48)
> but e2fsck didn't clean up the superblock journal fields, and it went
> unnoticed until now.
>
> The other alternative is that you have some sort of random single-bit
> data corruption going on (the journal inode is also a single bit set,
> 48 = 0x30, but a different bit than has_journal, = 0x0004).
>
> In any case, with e2fsprogs 1.18 (and probably _only_ that version)
> it doesn't complain about has_journal, but it also doesn't check if the
> journal is bad and clean it up. When you try to start with an ext3-aware
> kernel, it conspires to corrupt inode 48 when it tries to unload the
> journal, even when it knows the journal is bad.
>
> What would be interesting to correlate is what inode 48 is (probably a
> directory, or you wouldn't have noticed it at all), with the corruption
> problems you are having while ext3 is loaded.

48 /usr/lib/perl5/5.005/File/Copy.pm

Since this file is pretty small, I can only assume that it overwrote
some adjacent files. There is some corruption in this file (luckily in
the comment area :) starting at the 25th byte, and extending 12 bytes in
length. Here's the values from hexedit:

00 00 00 01 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00



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