Patchwork [05/28] ext4: Fix endian problem in MMP initialization

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Submitter Darrick J. Wong
Date Oct. 8, 2011, 7:54 a.m.
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Permalink /patch/118475/
State Superseded
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Darrick J. Wong - Oct. 8, 2011, 7:54 a.m.
As part of startup, the MMP initialization code does this:

mmp->mmp_seq = seq = cpu_to_le32(mmp_new_seq());

Next, mmp->mmp_seq is written out to disk, a delay happens, and then the MMP
block is read back in and the sequence value is tested:

if (seq != le32_to_cpu(mmp->mmp_seq)) {
	/* fail the mount */

On a LE system such as x86, the *le32* functions do nothing and this works.
Unfortunately, on a BE system such as ppc64, this comparison becomes:

if (cpu_to_le32(new_seq) != le32_to_cpu(cpu_to_le32(new_seq)) {
	/* fail the mount */

Except for a few palindromic sequence numbers, this test always causes the
mount to fail, which makes MMP filesystems generally unmountable on ppc64.  The
attached patch fixes this situation.

Signed-off-by: Darrick J. Wong <>
 fs/ext4/mmp.c |    3 ++-
 1 files changed, 2 insertions(+), 1 deletions(-)

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diff --git a/fs/ext4/mmp.c b/fs/ext4/mmp.c
index 9bdef3f..a7a4986 100644
--- a/fs/ext4/mmp.c
+++ b/fs/ext4/mmp.c
@@ -295,7 +295,8 @@  skip:
 	 * write a new random sequence number.
-	mmp->mmp_seq = seq = cpu_to_le32(mmp_new_seq());
+	seq = mmp_new_seq();
+	mmp->mmp_seq = cpu_to_le32(seq);
 	retval = write_mmp_block(bh);
 	if (retval)