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SubjectRe: 答复: 答复: 答 复: 答复: [PATCH] ext4: e2fsprogs: fix ino de bitma p num not integer,incompatible for ancient android devices
On Sat, Jun 30, 2018 at 01:26:43AM +0000, Gaoming (ming, consumer BG) wrote:
> Yes, it is caused by using 1024 blocksize.
> It is historical problem, and I have to admit that's not good idea. I don't know why somebody choose it some years before.
> It has been corrected two years before or more early. But some ancient devices exist.
> It is not user data, no need to do file-based encryption. It is a small partition for some use.
> However, 1024 is legal though not good, somebody may use it.
> And we should fix it.

So you understand my position --- the reason why I've been pushing so
hard is I'm trying to figure out how big of a problem this is.
Specifically speaking, is this a Huawei-specific problem, or something
across the entire Android ecosystem. I *thought* I had fixed most of
the disaster back in 2011. There have periodic headaches where
testers would discover problems where android handsets get bricked
after doing a factory reset that I had tracked down to make_ext4fs,
and the existence of make_ext4fs is not something I agreed to, and
have been fighting for years. So I've been cleaning up after
make_ext4fs for a while, even though it's not my responsiblity. (For
one thing my work responsibilities are for data center servers at
Google, *not* Android; for another, no one asked *me* before they came
up with the abomination which is make_ext4fs.)

So I don't feel particularly, or personally, responsible for bugs
caused by make_ext4fs, because if it had been up to me, it would have
never existed in the first place.

If it's only in ancient Huawei devices, I don't see a strong reason to
support his in upstream e2fsprogs. Are you really going to be
backporting the latest e2fsprogs into these ancient Huawei devices?
In my experience, the Android team has a hard enough time getting
their Android partners to backport kernel fixes for severe security
bugs into old Android devices --- never mind versions of e2fsprogs.

If not, what's the point?


- Ted

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