create very large file system

Stephen Tweedie sct at
Fri Jul 21 15:37:22 UTC 2006


On Wed, Jul 19, 2006 at 07:10:56AM -0500, Mark F wrote:
> Suse Linux Enterprise Server 9 SP3
> I've tried to create a large 5TB file system using both reiserfs and ext3 
> and both have failed.
> I end up with only a 1.5TB file system.  Does anyone know why this doesn't 
> work, what to do to fix it?

I fixed a bug in mke2fs that had this result over a year ago, so a
recent e2fsprogs should fix it.

Failing that, there's a workaround: use "mke2fs -b 4096" to prevent
mke2fs from trying to work out the device size in units of 1k blocks.
Counting in 4k blocks prevents a 32-bit overflow.


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