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Re: 7.3 installer with XFS

A patch to add XFS support to anaconda 7.2 can be found here:

I haven't tested this patch; my guess is it just works.. the original
author is a very well accomplished XFS developer.  As for porting to
anaconda-7.3; that shouldn't be too bad.


Florin Andrei (florin sgi com) said:

> Guys,
> I might start to modify the 7.3 installer to make it use XFS out of the
> box. Michael Best did some research on it, and below are his thoughts.
> Do you think his plan is ok? What are the obvious things missing?
> I'm planning to use the 2.4.18 XFS-enabled kernel from oss.sgi.com, and
> also start with Michael's work here:
> http://www.pendragon.org/projects/valhalla-xfs/index_html
> -----Forwarded Message-----
> From: Michael Best <mbest emergence com>
> To: linux-xfs oss sgi com
> Cc: Christophe Zwecker <doc zwecker de>
> Subject: Re: Status on RH7.3 installer ?
> Date: 14 May 2002 16:10:07 -0600
> Perhaps someone knows how to do the step that I stopped on, which was to 
> generate a disk/disc image for booting from the cdrom.  The default 
> Redhat installer uses a 2.8M installer image in the dosutils/autoboot 
> directory of the cd:
>   2.8M cdboot.img
>   1.9M initrd.img
> Which appears to be a 2.8M boot image which contains:
>   784k of vmlinuz (kernel) and
>   1.9M of initrd.img plus
>   various bootup files.
> I need to make one of these and then I can probably make a cd that boots 
> with a different kernel.  By simply using mkinitrd it makes a minimalist 
> initrd image.
> I already did these other steps too:
> *) Added the xfs utilities to RedHat/base/stage2.img
> *) Added the xfs utility rpms to Redhat/RPMS on disc1 and disc2
> *) modified RedHat/base/comps to include xfs util rpms
> *) updated hdlist/hdlist2 in Redhat/base/ using genhdlist from the
>     anaconda 7.3 source
> *) learned about embedding the MD5 into the implantisomd5 and
>     checkisomd5 from the anaconda 7.3 source
> *) examined the anaconda source code for claimed xfs support
>     (it appears to append XFS to the list of available filesystems
>      if that filesystem choice is available, more work here is needed)
> -Mike
> -- 
> Florin Andrei
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