Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 154902
gfs_mkfs can get confused by certain filesystem sizes
Last modified: 2010-01-11 22:04:12 EST
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.
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.
gfs_mkfs dies with an error.
gfs_mkfs should run to completion.
As a temporary workaround, you should be able to avoid the problem by monkeying with the -r option
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.
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,
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if the solution does not work for you.