create very large file system

Mark F mfaine at
Fri Jul 21 15:58:44 UTC 2006

Stephen Tweedie wrote:
> Hi,
> 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.
> --Stephen


I finally got it formated using the GPT label with parted.  I formatted it 
reiserfs, it takes a few seconds to mount but seems to work fine and shows up at 
full size.


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