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SubjectRe: d_off field in struct dirent and 32-on-64 emulation
* Andy Lutomirski:

>> On Dec 27, 2018, at 10:18 AM, Florian Weimer <> wrote:
>> We have a bit of an interesting problem with respect to the d_off
>> field in struct dirent.
>> When running a 64-bit kernel on certain file systems, notably ext4,
>> this field uses the full 63 bits even for small directories (strace -v
>> output, wrapped here for readability):
>> getdents(3, [
>> {d_ino=1494304, d_off=3901177228673045825, d_reclen=40,
>> d_name="authorized_keys", d_type=DT_REG},
>> {d_ino=1494277, d_off=7491915799041650922, d_reclen=24, d_name=".",
>> d_type=DT_DIR},
>> {d_ino=1314655, d_off=9223372036854775807, d_reclen=24,
>> d_name="..", d_type=DT_DIR}
>> ], 32768) = 88
>> When running in 32-bit compat mode, this value is somehow truncated to
>> 31 bits, for both the getdents and the getdents64 (!) system call (at
>> least on i386).
> I imagine you’re encountering this bug:

It's definitely in this area. However, the original collision problem
with 32-bit hashes is also real, so I can see the desire to use more

> Presumably the right fix involves modifying the relevant VFS file
> operations to indicate the relevant ABI to the implementations.

Not sure. How does NFS solve this problem when access happens from a
32-bit process and the rest (client kernel, transport, server kernel)
is 64-bit all the way?

> I would guess that 9p is triggering the “not really in the syscall you
> think you’re in” issue.

I think the issue is more like the networking case for 9p. In this
scenario, the server shouldn't have to care whether the client process
is in 32-bit mode or 64-bit mode. But maybe the only solution is to
pass through some sort of flag, as Peter Maydell has just suggested.

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