mdraid and hpa upgrade issues (was: Fedora Rel-Eng Meeting Recap)

Bruno Wolff III bruno at
Thu May 24 19:49:57 UTC 2007

On Thu, May 24, 2007 at 15:36:16 -0400,
  Tony Nelson <tonynelson at> wrote:
> At 2:55 PM -0400 5/24/07, Jarod Wilson wrote:
> >Jarod Wilson wrote:
> >> Okay, fc6 mdraid to f7 upgrading via anaconda works for me now.
> >>
> >>> Once that's done, I'll see what I can do to see if the kernel option
> >>> libata.ignore_hpa can be used to help those who don't really wanna
> >>> nuke their entire system to move from FC6 to F7.
> >>
> >> Starting in on this right now...
> >
> >Got the problem reproducing, but...
> >
> >   Unknown boot option 'libata.ignore_hpa=1': ignoring
> >
> >Talked to davej, module parameters can't be passed on the command line
> >just yet. So anyone with an FC6 system that uses part of the host
> >protected area is currently not able to upgrade to F7 using anaconda
> >(FC6 to F7 can be done with some modprobe.conf magic and upgrading via
> >yum though).
> >
> >davej is going to poke some folks who were working on a patch to allow
> >module parameters to be passed on the kernel command line.
> Well, this keeps me from upgrading to F7!

If you are using the HPA area, couldn't you update the disk so that the
area isn't there any more? The wikipedia entry for HPA suggests that there
is a command for getting the real size and another for updating the boundry.
So it sounds like you should be able to update this on F6 before doing the

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