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SubjectRe: [PATCH] Extended attribute fixes, etc.
On Tuesday 11 February 2003 21:32, Andrew Morton wrote:
> Andreas Gruenbacher <> wrote:
> > Hi Andrew,
> >
> > here are five patches against 2.5.60. Each file contains a brief
> > description of what it does.
> Minor point:
> ext3_journal_stop() can return an error code - most notable -EIO if
> it was a synchronous transaction, or the filesystem has detected
> corruption.

Thanks, I have overlooked this third bug. An incremental patch on top of
my previous kernel_lock_bug.diff is attached. (I have also uploaded the
patches to <> in the meantime).

> > The third to fifth are all steps towards trusted extended
> > attributes, which are useful for privileged processes (mostly
> > daemons). One use for this is Hierarchical Storage Management, in
> > which a user space daemon stores online/offline information for
> > files in trusted EA's, and the kernel communicates requests to
> > bring files online to that daemon. This class of EA's will also
> > find its way into XFS and ReiserFS, and expectedly also into JFS in
> > this form. (Trusted EAs are included in the 2.4.19/2.4.20 patches
> > as well.)
> So is this new code actually functional yet? As in: something
> in-kernel using it?
> If not, what is involved in completing the kernel side of trusted
> EA's?

The important point for me now is to get the iops xattr-flags and
xattr-flags-policy patches into 2.5 so that the API won't change during
2.6. The xattr-trusted patch only affects file systems locally, so it's
far less critical.

The kernel side of trusted EAs is completely implemented with the
patches I sent. In the future there will very likely be modules
actually making use of the XATTR_KERNEL_CONTEXT flag, but Trusted EAs
are quite useful from user space alone.


diff -u linux-2.5.60/fs/ext3/xattr.c linux-2.5.60/fs/ext3/xattr.c
--- linux-2.5.60/fs/ext3/xattr.c 2003-02-11 12:33:45.000000000 +0100
+++ linux-2.5.60/fs/ext3/xattr.c 2003-02-12 11:18:18.000000000 +0100
@@ -848,7 +848,7 @@
const void *value, size_t value_len, int flags)
handle_t *handle;
- int error;
+ int error, error2;

handle = ext3_journal_start(inode, EXT3_XATTR_TRANS_BLOCKS);
@@ -857,10 +857,10 @@
error = ext3_xattr_set_handle(handle, inode, name_index, name,
value, value_len, flags);
- ext3_journal_stop(handle, inode);
+ error2 = ext3_journal_stop(handle, inode);

- return error;
+ return error ? error : error2;

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