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SubjectRe: ext3 extended attributes refcounting wrong?
On Fri, 04 Feb 2005 17:19:09 +0100, Andreas Gruenbacher wrote:
>On Fri, 2005-02-04 at 15:15, Mikael Pettersson wrote:
>> Plain kernels always.
>Good, it's no bug then. Stephen already explained what's going on: when
>a file has xattrs and you delete the file while running a kernel without
>xattr support, the xattr block's refcount is not decremented. You end up
>with a reference count that is one too high. This won't result in
>filesystem corruption, but e2fsck will fix up the refcounts for you.
>Those are the mesages you were getting.

It explains why ext3 file systems acquire inconsistencies when
people dual-boot 2.6 and 2.4. It does not explain why 2.6 allocated
the xattr blocks in the first place; as I wrote initially, I
have disabled the xattrs stuff:

# CONFIG_EXT3_FS_XATTR is not set

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