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Bug 71159 - sys-fs/e2fsprogs: feature resize_inode for compatibility with Fedora Core 3
Summary: sys-fs/e2fsprogs: feature resize_inode for compatibility with Fedora Core 3
Alias: None
Product: Gentoo Linux
Classification: Unclassified
Component: [OLD] Core system (show other bugs)
Hardware: All Linux
: High enhancement (vote)
Assignee: Gentoo's Team for Core System packages
Depends on:
Reported: 2004-11-14 06:44 UTC by José Romildo Malaquias
Modified: 2005-03-22 09:26 UTC (History)
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Description José Romildo Malaquias 2004-11-14 06:44:34 UTC
Fedora Core 3 introduced a new feature:

  Kernel and e2fsprogs support for online growing of ext3 file systems

as it is reported in its release notes (

In order to achieve this, a new feature (resize_inode) is used in the filesystem.

In a multiboot computer, Gentoo Linux has difficulties with this new introduced feature when dealing with partitions shared with Fedora Core 3. When booting Gentoo in my computer, fsck.ext3 gives the message

  fsck.ext3: Filesystem has unsupported feature(s) (/)
  e2fsck: Get a newer version of e2fsck!

and checking another partions always fails (at boot time) with the message

  fsck could not correct all errors, manual repair needed

This is just related to the new feature introduced by Fedora Core 3.

In order to keep compatibility between Gentoo and Fedora Core 3, support for online growing of ext3 file systems should also be introced in Gentoo.

Reproducible: Always
Steps to Reproduce:
Comment 1 José Romildo Malaquias 2004-11-14 06:46:48 UTC
See the topic in the forum.
Comment 2 José Romildo Malaquias 2004-11-14 07:27:07 UTC
After rebuilding e2fsprogs with the patch e2fsprogs-resize.patch (taken from the Fedora Core 3 e2fsprogs source RPM package:, the problems reported by fsck.ext3 are gone.

Maybe it is a good idea to apply this patch to the e2fsprogs ebuild in portage.
Comment 3 SpanKY gentoo-dev 2004-11-14 16:53:58 UTC
if this is going to be merged with upstream e2fsprogs CVS, i'll happily add it to our packages

until then, no
Comment 4 José Romildo Malaquias 2005-02-07 02:32:26 UTC
This issue seems to be resolved with e2fsprogs-1.36. At least for me.
Comment 5 Aron Griffis (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2005-03-22 09:26:57 UTC
Indeed, this is fixed with e2fsprogs-1.36, now marked stable on ia64 with others to follow eventually.