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From: "Theodore Ts'o" <>
To: Ext4 Developers List <>
Cc: "Theodore Ts'o" <>,
Subject: [PATCH] ext4: improve explanation of a mount failure caused by a misconfigured kernel
Date: Fri, 14 Feb 2020 20:27:38 -0500
Message-ID: <> (raw)

If CONFIG_QFMT_V2 is not enabled, but CONFIG_QUOTA is enabled, when a
user tries to mount a file system with the quota or project quota
enabled, the kernel will emit a very confusing messsage:

    EXT4-fs warning (device vdc): ext4_enable_quotas:5914: Failed to enable quota tracking (type=0, err=-3). Please run e2fsck to fix.
    EXT4-fs (vdc): mount failed

We will now report an explanatory message indicating which kernel
configuration options have to be enabled, to avoid customer/sysadmin

Google-Bug-Id: 149093531
Fixes: 7c319d328505b778 ("ext4: make quota as first class supported feature")
Signed-off-by: Theodore Ts'o <>
 fs/ext4/super.c | 14 ++++----------
 1 file changed, 4 insertions(+), 10 deletions(-)

diff --git a/fs/ext4/super.c b/fs/ext4/super.c
index b0b9150c9773..f131eaa52f22 100644
--- a/fs/ext4/super.c
+++ b/fs/ext4/super.c
@@ -3009,17 +3009,11 @@ static int ext4_feature_set_ok(struct super_block *sb, int readonly)
 		return 0;
-	if (ext4_has_feature_quota(sb) && !readonly) {
+#if !defined(CONFIG_QUOTA) || !defined(CONFIG_QFMT_V2)
+	if (!readonly && (ext4_has_feature_quota(sb) ||
+			  ext4_has_feature_project(sb))) {
 		ext4_msg(sb, KERN_ERR,
-			 "Filesystem with quota feature cannot be mounted RDWR "
-			 "without CONFIG_QUOTA");
-		return 0;
-	}
-	if (ext4_has_feature_project(sb) && !readonly) {
-		ext4_msg(sb, KERN_ERR,
-			 "Filesystem with project quota feature cannot be mounted RDWR "
-			 "without CONFIG_QUOTA");
+			 "The kernel was not built with CONFIG_QUOTA and CONFIG_QFMT_V2");
 		return 0;
 #endif  /* CONFIG_QUOTA */

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