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Re: [PATCH] xfs: return -EINVAL instead of -EUCLEAN when mounting non-xf

To: Christoph Hellwig <hch@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] xfs: return -EINVAL instead of -EUCLEAN when mounting non-xfs
From: Ben Myers <bpm@xxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 8 Jan 2013 13:48:33 -0600
Cc: Sergei Trofimovich <slyfox@xxxxxxxxxx>, Alex Elder <elder@xxxxxxxxxx>, Dave Chinner <dchinner@xxxxxxxxxx>, linux-kernel@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, xfs@xxxxxxxxxxx, Phil White <pwhite@xxxxxxx>
In-reply-to: <20130103181929.GA23049@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
References: <20121230015615.6cc9e03c@sf> <1356823010-29768-1-git-send-email-slyfox@xxxxxxxxxx> <20130103181929.GA23049@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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Hey,

On Thu, Jan 03, 2013 at 01:19:29PM -0500, Christoph Hellwig wrote:
> On Sun, Dec 30, 2012 at 02:16:50AM +0300, Sergei Trofimovich wrote:
> > It fixes boot panic when trying to boot from btrfs filesystem.
> > kernel tries to mount as xfs and gets fatal -EUCLEAN:
> > 
> > [    0.170000] VFS: Cannot open root device "ubda" or unknown-block(98,0): 
> > error -117
> > [    0.170000] Please append a correct "root=" boot option; here are the 
> > available partitions:
> > [    0.170000] 6200         1048576 ubda  driver: uml-blkdev
> > [    0.170000] Kernel panic - not syncing: VFS: Unable to mount root fs on 
> > unknown-block(98,0)
> > 
> > init/do_mounts.c expects only -EINVAL as 'retry another' option.
> > Fixes regression introduced by commit 
> > 98021821a502db347bd9c7671beeee6e8ce07ea6
> 
> Looks reasonable, but  think xfs_readsb should simply be changed to
> turn all EFSCORRUPTED returns into EINVAL if loud is not set.

I think there are some EFSCORRUPTED returns that should not result in 'retry
another' behavior.  E.g. mounting an xfs filesystem where super block magic is
good but you have a corrupted log probably shouldn't result in a retry with
ext3.  It is useful to be able to distinguish between that special case of
sb->sb_magic != XFS_SB_MAGIC and a truly corrupted filesystem.

Here EWRONGFS (EINVAL) in the quiet case is better than EFSCORRUPTED, but
unfortunately we still can't tell EWRONGFS from other EINVAL returns in
b_error.  Adding a new errno as Ted suggested might make some sense.

Regards,
        Ben

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