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Date:      Fri, 10 Jan 2003 20:58:21 +1100 (EST)
From:      Bruce Evans <>
To:        Marcel Moolenaar <>
Cc:        current@FreeBSD.ORG, <gordon@FreeBSD.ORG>
Subject:   Re: Superblock layout hosed on LP64 systems [was: Re: HEADS UP: VFS changes breaks GPT]
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> Ok, after digging a bit I noticed that the super block layout
> has changed in a way that makes it incompatible with previous
> super blocks. It appears to be the alignment of fs_uuid on
> revision 1.36 of sys/ufs/ffs/fs.h.

The trick of biting of bits of a char array to make non-char fields
often causes alignment problems and binary compatibility problems (see
mount.h...).  I think one of the spare integer fields (if any),
preferably an int64_t field, should be used for fs_swuid.  It's not
clear that there are any -- I think ones like:

	int64_t	 fs_sparecon64[17];	/* old rotation block list head */

aren't actually spare since they are clobbered by old versions of fsck.

> The following patch fixes the problem (and fixes the misuse of
> uuid for something that is not universally unique):
> Index: fs.h
> ===================================================================
> RCS file: /home/ncvs/src/sys/ufs/ffs/fs.h,v
> retrieving revision 1.36
> diff -u -r1.36 fs.h
> --- fs.h	8 Jan 2003 22:53:54 -0000	1.36
> +++ fs.h	9 Jan 2003 23:23:28 -0000
> ...
> @@ -311,7 +311,8 @@
>  	int8_t   fs_old_flags;		/* old FS_ flags */
>  	u_char	 fs_fsmnt[MAXMNTLEN];	/* name mounted on */
>  	u_char	 fs_volname[MAXVOLLEN];	/* volume name */
> -	u_int64_t fs_uuid;		/* system-wide unique uid */
> +	u_int64_t fs_swuid;		/* system-wide unique id */

This change has rotted in the committed version.  The comment still
says "uid" and doesn't say "unique", but the id is even less of a user
id than it is universally unique.  The "u" in "fs_swuid" is confusing
too.  I suppose it's too late to remove the "u"s from "uuid" so that
it doesn't look like "uid" :-).


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