Commit 0f6d767a authored by Stefan Hajnoczi's avatar Stefan Hajnoczi Committed by Kevin Wolf
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docs: add dirty bit to qcow2 specification

The dirty bit will make it possible to perform lazy refcount updates,
where the image file is not kept consistent all the time.  Upon opening
a dirty image file, it is necessary to perform a consistency check and
repair any incorrect refcounts.

Therefore the dirty bit must be an incompatible feature bit.  We don't
want old programs accessing a file with stale refcounts.
Signed-off-by: default avatarStefan Hajnoczi <>
Signed-off-by: default avatarKevin Wolf <>
parent e77964f7
......@@ -75,7 +75,12 @@ in the description of a field.
Bitmask of incompatible features. An implementation must
fail to open an image if an unknown bit is set.
Bits 0-63: Reserved (set to 0)
Bit 0: Dirty bit. If this bit is set then refcounts
may be inconsistent, make sure to scan L1/L2
tables to repair refcounts before accessing the
Bits 1-63: Reserved (set to 0)
80 - 87: compatible_features
Bitmask of compatible features. An implementation can
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