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SubjectRe: [PATCH] remove 2TB block device limit
Peter Chubb wrote:
> Hi,
> At present, linux is limited to 2TB filesystems even on 64-bit
> systems, because there are various places where the block offset on
> disc are assigned to unsigned or int 32-bit variables.
> There's a type, sector_t, that's meant to hold offsets in sectors and
> blocks. It's not used consistently (yet).
> The patch at
> ...
> As this touches lots of places -- the generic block layer (Andrew?)
> the IDE code (Martin?) and RAID (Neil?) and minor changes to the scsi
> I've CCd a few people directly.

That would be more Jens and aviro than I.

My vote would be: just merge the sucker while it still (almost)
applies. 2TB is a showstopper for some people in 2.4 today. Obviously
2.6 will need 64-bit block numbers.

The next obstacle will be page cache indices into the blockdev mapping.
That's either an 8TB or 16TB limit, depending on signedness correctness.

One minor point - it is currently not possible to print sector_t's.
This code:

printk("%lu%s", some_sector, some_string);

will work fine with 32-bit sector_t. But with 64-bit sector_t it
will generate a warning at compile-time and an oops at runtime.

The same problem applies to dma_addr_t. Jeff, davem and I kicked
that around a while back and ended up deciding that although there
are a number of high-tech solutions, the dumb one was best:

--- 2.5.14/include/linux/types.h~sector_t-printing Thu May 9 17:08:13 2002
+++ 2.5.14-akpm/include/linux/types.h Thu May 9 17:08:13 2002
@@ -120,8 +120,10 @@ typedef __s64 int64_t;

typedef u64 sector_t;
+#define FMT_SECTOR_T "%Lu"
typedef unsigned long sector_t;
+#define FMT_SECTOR_T "%lu"

#endif /* __KERNEL_STRICT_NAMES */
--- 2.5.14/fs/buffer.c~sector_t-printing Thu May 9 17:08:13 2002
+++ 2.5.14-akpm/fs/buffer.c Thu May 9 17:09:35 2002
@@ -179,7 +179,8 @@ __clear_page_buffers(struct page *page)

static void buffer_io_error(struct buffer_head *bh)
- printk(KERN_ERR "Buffer I/O error on device %s, logical block %ld\n",
+ printk(KERN_ERR "Buffer I/O error on device %s,"
+ " logical block " FMT_SECTOR_T "\n",
bdevname(bh->b_bdev), bh->b_blocknr);
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