How much are filesystem images trusted?

Dionysus Blazakis dion.blazakis at
Sat Jul 19 19:09:59 PDT 2008

On Sat, Jul 19, 2008 at 2:27 PM, Matthew Dillon
<dillon at> wrote:
> :I've been looking at the HAMMER code a bit.  It seems the mount will
> :hang the kernel at recovery time if the tail of a undo record contains
> :a zero size.  I've been told the filesystem is implicitly trusted, but
> :I think a failed assert would be better than the stuck while loop.
> :
> :I have a small disk image to illustrate the hang at:
> :
> :
> :This obviously isn't a high priority, but I'm interested in hearing
> :opinions on it (does this kind of bug interest us?).
> :
> :-- Dion
>    I'm assuming you just poked the bits in the on-media UNDO FIFO to
>    create the failure condition and it isn't a bug per-say, right?

Definitely.  I was just making sure my understanding of the recovery
code was correct.

The disk was not "organic"-ly constructed.

>    I think an assertion is fine, or even just have the mount return
>    a failure.  Would you like to code up your patch suggestion?  We
>    can commit it after the release.

I have a patch up at:

It consists of two small changes:
 - Check that the tail_size is reported at least the size of a tail
fifo structure (instead of at least 0) -- this will cause an EIO
instead of a loop or panic.
 - If an error occured in hammer_recover, an io lock leak caused a
panic.  I now skip the (last) flush if an error occured during mount.
This seems safe -- doesn't matter too much, you're screwed at this

-- Dion

>                                        -Matt
>                                        Matthew Dillon
>                                        <dillon at>

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