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Re: [patch] ext2fs: free inode warnings

From: Marcus Brinkmann
Subject: Re: [patch] ext2fs: free inode warnings
Date: Sun, 5 Aug 2001 20:07:33 +0200
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On Sun, Aug 05, 2001 at 01:28:01AM -0500, Kevin Kreamer wrote:
> Well, I am mostly interested in getting rid of the warnings, however 
> the approach.  It's just that this way seemed the most direct approach 
> to me.  If you want to do it a different (better) way, that's 
> certainly cool.

The bets way to get rid of the warnings is to convince us that they should
be gotten rid of.

The warning has a purpose:  It warns you that something unexpected happened.
Why it did happen is something that should be investigated.

We know of one case where it happens: You delete files in Linux on a Hurd
owned partition.  It would be nice if the linux kernel gets changed to clean
the relevant field for the Hurd on hurd owned ext2fs systems.  This way, we
would get rid of the warnings in one common case.

People occasionally report they see warnings although they didn't delete
files under Linux.  This is a case that should concern us.  Without
understanding how this can happen we don't know what the right reaction is.

You can work around it wthout changing the code by sending the stdout/stderr
output of the ext2fs server to /dev/null.  This should work for all except
the root filesystem.


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