Bug 154902 - gfs_mkfs can get confused by certain filesystem sizes
gfs_mkfs can get confused by certain filesystem sizes
Product: Red Hat Cluster Suite
Classification: Red Hat
Component: gfs (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Ken Preslan
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Reported: 2005-04-14 15:18 EDT by Ken Preslan
Modified: 2010-01-11 22:04 EST (History)
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Last Closed: 2005-05-25 12:41:13 EDT
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Description Ken Preslan 2005-04-14 15:18:41 EDT
Description of problem:
On devices of certain sizes, gfs_mkfs will die and print "confused computing bitblock length".  The 
problem is in a routine that takes a target size for a Resource Group and figures out how many blocks 
in the RG will be bitmap blocks and how many will be free blocks for allocation.  It's possible that for 
certain RG sizes, x bitmap blocks is too few, but x+1 is too many.  Confusing, huh?

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
This affects all versions of gfs_mkfs.

How reproducible:
I believe this happens on about one out of about every 16000 randomly sized devices.

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Run gfs_mkfs on randomly sized devices until it happens.
2. Or: Rip out the function with the problem and simulate running gfs_mkfs on randomly sized devices.
3. Or: Take my word for it.
Actual results:
gfs_mkfs dies with an error.

Expected results:
gfs_mkfs should run to completion.

Additional info:
As a temporary workaround, you should be able to avoid the problem by monkeying with the -r option 
to gfs_mkfs.
Comment 1 Ken Preslan 2005-04-14 15:54:27 EDT
Fixed for 5.2.1, 6.0, and CVS head.  Fixable for 6.1 upon request.

Just throw away the one extra block that caused x bitmap blocks to be too few.
Comment 2 Jay Turner 2005-05-25 12:41:13 EDT
An advisory has been issued which should help the problem
described in this bug report. This report is therefore being
closed with a resolution of ERRATA. For more information
on the solution and/or where to find the updated files,
please follow the link below. You may reopen this bug report
if the solution does not work for you.


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