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 (http://download.fedora.redhat.com/pub/fedora/linux/core/3/i386/os/RELEASE-NOTES-en.html).
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.
Steps to Reproduce:
See the topic http://forums.gentoo.org/viewtopic.php?t=251319 in the forum.
After rebuilding e2fsprogs with the patch e2fsprogs-resize.patch (taken from the Fedora Core 3 e2fsprogs source RPM package: ftp://download.fedora.redhat.com/pub/fedora/linux/core/development/SRPMS/e2fsprogs-1.35-11.2.src.rpm), the problems reported by fsck.ext3 are gone.
Maybe it is a good idea to apply this patch to the e2fsprogs ebuild in portage.
if this is going to be merged with upstream e2fsprogs CVS, i'll happily add it to our packages
until then, no
This issue seems to be resolved with e2fsprogs-1.36. At least for me.
Indeed, this is fixed with e2fsprogs-1.36, now marked stable on ia64 with others to follow eventually.