Reproducing resuts from old papers on modern filesystems
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This repo contains tooling for injecting errors into filesystems using device-mapper.

To run:

make all
sudo python3

Making files

dd if=/dev/zero of=filesystem.img bs=1M count=1
mkfs.<filesystem_name> filesystem.img


sudo apt install dmsetup

Requires btrfs and exfat drivers to be installed.

Notes to self

Procedure to get error offset:

Each filesystem contains test.txt. test.txt contains Lorem ipsum text (see images/text.txt).

In the case of the -largefile images, test.txt contains the letters of the alphabet repeated enough to make 8K of text. See images/large_test.txt.

To find the error offset for a new filesystem, you can open the file up in a hex editor, find the byte offset, and divide the byte offset by 512.

This error injection mechanism seems similar or possibly equivalent to the mechanism used in the IRON file systems paper.

md5sum correctly returns an error code of 1 if the file is corrupt in btrfs (and prints md5sum: /mnt/test/test.txt: Input/output error).