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SubjectRe: [PATCH] jffs2: implement mount option to configure endianness
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On Tue, 2018-11-06 at 13:49 -0800, Nikunj Kela wrote:
> This patch allows the endianness of the JFSS2 filesystem to be
> specified by mount option 'force_endian=big|little|native'. If
> endianness is not specified, it defaults to 'native' endianness
> thus retaining the existing behavior.
>
> Some architectures benefit from having a single known endianness
> of JFFS2 filesystem (for data, not executables) independent of the
> endianness of the processor (ARM processors can be switched to either
> endianness at run-time).
>
> We have boards that are shipped with BE jffs2 and BE kernel. We are
> now migrating to LE kernel. This mount option helps us in mounting
> BE jffs2 on LE kernel.

Thanks for implementing this. JFFS2 has often been very sensitive to
performance at mount time — I'd love to see how this affects the time
taken to mount a large file system. If it's significant, we may want a
config option to make this conditional?

Also, perhaps we should improve the behaviour when the user
accidentally tries to mount a wrong-endian file system. If we can't
just make it autodetect and use the "correct" endianness, perhaps we
should at least printk a message suggesting that the user try again
with the other endianness?
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