PATCH for reiserfs, max 2GB in version 3.5

From: Manfred Scherer
Date: Thu Oct 13 2005 - 15:37:35 EST

If we create a file greater than 2GB in a reiserfs v3.5,
the file size will not be checked and the file can be
created like this:

pc1:/mnt_hdg10 # dd if=/dev/zero of=zero_3GB.dd bs=1024 count=3000000
3000000+0 records in
3000000+0 records out
pc1:/mnt_hdg10 #

The command "ls -l" shows the file size as created above:

pc1:/mnt_hdg10 # ls -l zero_3GB.dd
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 3072000000 Oct 3 15:59 zero_3GB.dd
pc1:/mnt_hdg10 #

When we read this file, read will abort when the 2GB border is reached:

pc1:/mnt_hdg10 # dd if=zero_3GB.dd of=/dev/null bs=1024
dd: reading `zero_3GB.dd': Input/output error
2097152+0 records in
2097152+0 records out
pc1:/mnt_hdg10 #

A file system check does not help,
the command "reiserfsck --fix-fixable /dev/hdg10"
spit out this massage:

/zero_3GB.ddvpf-10670: The file [2 23061] has the wrong size in the StatData (3072000000) - corrected to (3072000000)

BTW this file can be delete with the command "rm zero_3GB.dd".

The same test in a reiserfs v3.5 with a file greater than 4GB will end in more trouble.
You can test this like:

pc1:/mnt_hdg10 # dd if=/dev/zero of=zero_5GB.dd bs=1024 count=5000000


A simple check will avoid to create files greater than 2GB in reiserfs v3.5,
see patch below:


--- linux-2.6.13/fs/reiserfs/file.c.ORIG 2005-08-29 01:41:01.000000000 +0200
+++ linux-2.6.13/fs/reiserfs/file.c 2005-10-11 11:41:23.000000000 +0200
@@ -1343,10 +1343,14 @@

down(&inode->i_sem); // locks the entire file for just us

pos = *ppos;

+ // 2005-10-07 --ms, max 2GB on v3.5
+ if (get_inode_item_key_version(inode) == KEY_FORMAT_3_5)
+ file->f_flags &= ~O_LARGEFILE; // for LFS rule in generic_write_checks()
/* Check if we can write to specified region of file, file
is not overly big and this kind of stuff. Adjust pos and
count, if needed */
res = generic_write_checks(file, &pos, &count, 0);
if (res)

Signed-off-by: Manfred Scherer <manfred.scherer.mhm@xxxxxxxxxxx>


BTW the 2.4 kernel will have the same problem.


static ssize_t
reiserfs_file_write(struct file *f, const char *b, size_t count, loff_t *ppos)
ssize_t ret;
struct inode *inode = f->f_dentry->d_inode;

+ // 2005-10-07 --ms, max 2GB on v 3.5
+ if (get_inode_item_key_version(inode) == KEY_FORMAT_3_5)
+ file->f_flags &= ~O_LARGEFILE; // for LFS rule in precheck_file_write()
ret = generic_file_write(f, b, count, ppos);
if (ret >= 0 && f->f_flags & O_SYNC) {
return ret;


Manfred Scherer
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