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Subject[PATCH] jffs2: fix GC exit abnormally
The log of this problem is:
jffs2: Error garbage collecting node at 0x***!
jffs2: No space for garbage collection. Aborting GC thread

This is because GC believe that it do nothing, so it abort.

After going over the image of jffs2, I find a scene that
can trigger this problem stably.
The scene is: there is a normal dirent node at summary-area,
but abnormal at corresponding not-summary-area with error

The reason that GC exit abnormally is because it find that
abnormal dirent node to GC, but when it goes to function
jffs2_add_fd_to_list, it cannot meet the condition listed

if ((*prev)->nhash == new->nhash && !strcmp((*prev)->name, new->name))

So no node is marked obsolete, statistical information of
erase_block do not change, which cause GC exit abnormally.

The root cause of this problem is: we do not check the
name_crc of the abnormal dirent node with summary is enabled.

Noticed that in function jffs2_scan_dirent_node, we use
function jffs2_scan_dirty_space to deal with the dirent
node with error name_crc. So this patch add a checking
code in function read_direntry to ensure the correctness
of dirent node. If checked failed, the dirent node will
be marked obsolete so GC will pass this node and this
problem will be fixed.

Signed-off-by: Zhe Li <>
fs/jffs2/readinode.c | 16 ++++++++++++++++
1 file changed, 16 insertions(+)

diff --git a/fs/jffs2/readinode.c b/fs/jffs2/readinode.c
index bccfc40b..d19483f 100644
--- a/fs/jffs2/readinode.c
+++ b/fs/jffs2/readinode.c
@@ -672,6 +672,22 @@ static inline int read_direntry(struct jffs2_sb_info *c, struct jffs2_raw_node_r
return -EIO;
+ /*
+ * we use CONFIG_JFFS2_SUMMARY because without it, we
+ * have checked it while mounting
+ */
+ crc = crc32(0, fd->name, rd->nsize);
+ if (unlikely(crc != je32_to_cpu(rd->name_crc))) {
+ JFFS2_NOTICE("name CRC failed on dirent node at"
+ "%#08x: read %#08x,calculated %#08x\n",
+ ref_offset(ref), je32_to_cpu(rd->node_crc), crc);
+ jffs2_mark_node_obsolete(c, ref);
+ jffs2_free_full_dirent(fd);
+ return 0;
+ }

fd->nhash = full_name_hash(NULL, fd->name, rd->nsize);

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