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Re: How to install FC5 on XFS?



On Wed, 2006-05-03 at 10:02 -0400, David Cantrell wrote:
> Rahul Sundaram wrote:
> > On Tue, 2006-05-02 at 00:41 +0000, zyk hotpop com wrote:
> > > I am trying to install FC5 on XFS. I have been using FC on XFS since FC3 and install processes always had been very smooth. 
> > > It seems that FC5 (or Anaconda) does not accept /boot on XFS filesystem. Did anyone have success to install FC5 on XFS partition?
> > > Thanks.
> > > 
> > 
> > I believe that is intentional. There are wide spread reports on problems
> > with booting off a XFS partition. 
> > 
> > For example, http://distrowatch.com/weekly.php?issue=20060501#tips
> > 
> > Note that other filesystems besides Ext3 is provided only for migration
> > reasons and not testing is being done on them.
> 
> Boot up the installer with:
> 
>    linux xfs
> 
> (This also works to enable reiserfs:  linux reiserfs)
> 
> You will have to create partitions manually.  Anaconda does restrict
> /boot to ext3, but your other filesystems can be xfs or reiserfs.  Note
> that it's 100% completely unsupported and bugs opened about xfs and
> reiserfs are closed wontfix (unless it's actually interesting).
> 
> It's also worth noting that XFS and Reiserfs don't work with SELinux, so
> if you want to use XFS or Reiserfs, be sure to disable selinux in your
> grub boot options and in /etc/sysconfig/selinux.

XFS should work with SELinux.  There was temporary breakage in 2.6.14
and 2.6.15 due to the introduction of atomic inode labeling support, but
2.6.16 should work again.

-- 
Stephen Smalley
National Security Agency


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