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Re: XFS in Fedora Core 2

On Fri, Dec 19, 2003 at 01:03:57AM -0500, Jeremy Katz wrote:
> On Thu, 2003-12-18 at 20:35, Florin Andrei wrote:
> > - how about userland XFS support? (the XFS utilities required for
> > formatting, dumping/restoring, etc.)
> If the kernel side is there, there's not much reason not to build the
> utilities...  I'll try to throw them into rawhide this weekend.

Please have a look at the userland tools packaged at
http://atrpms.physik.fu-berlin.de/name/xfs/.  Hopefully this will ease
throwing them into rawhide :)

> > - how about support in the installer? (anaconda)
> The code has basically been in anaconda for ages now, just lacking all
> of the other support pieces like the kernel and userspace tools.  Well,
> and without those pieces, it's been untested so there are likely weird
> things lurking ;)

rawhide's 2.6 kernel has enabled XFS for some time now, and userland
tools will land this weekend :), this should give enough time for
testing anaconda XFS bits until the end of January, so it makes it
into FC2 test1?

> > And finally, is there any reason to hide so cautiously the other
> > filesystems in the installer? A regular user would never find them,
> > because everything is hidden unless arcane options are passed to the
> > bootloader.
> > Wouldn't be simpler to just list the supported file systems all together
> > in Disk Druid?
> Simpler, maybe, but it greatly increases the testing matrix.  Right now,
> it's easy enough for me to pass off problems with a "it's hidden for a
> reason, if you use it and it breaks, sorry".  The other problem has
> traditionally been that the kernel team was against "supporting" other
> filesystems -- with Fedora, this picture changes a little, but I'd still
> want buy-in from davej before doing it.
> So, I'm not necessarily against the idea, but it does have implications
> on testing and "support" that make me a little uneasy.

How about flagging it in anaconda as experimental for FC2? At least
the user has a graphical choice and knows he is potentially running
into his doom.

Also XFS as a server fs would make a good update on RHEL3 at say
kernel 2.6.8 in summer 2004, it should definitely be beaten on by
by early adopters ;), so the RHEL team can gather experience.

FC2 with full XFS support. Sounds like a preannounced late Xmas
present :)
Axel Thimm physik fu-berlin de

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