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Re: Using kickstart on large disks



On 02/26/2010 01:11 AM, Digimer wrote:
> On 10-02-25 04:09 PM, Shabazian, Chip wrote:
>> Why not just create the /db volume in the %post?
>>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: kickstart-list-bounces redhat com
>> [mailto:kickstart-list-bounces redhat com] On Behalf Of Arun
>> Sent: Thursday, February 25, 2010 12:32 PM

>> Hi -
>>
>> I was wondering if you guys had some thoughts on an issue I'm running
>> into using kickstart to automate installs on intel x86 servers with
>> large disks (~16 TB).
>>
>> What I'm trying to achieve is simple: a root volume of 100GB, and a
>> database volume on all remaining space.
>> It appears however that anaconda is restricting logical volumes to 8TB,
>> even for ext4 partitions.
>>
>> I narrowed the problematic code down to storage/formats/fs.py where the
>> Ext4 file type extends via Ext3 from Ext2, in which I saw this line:
>> _maxSize = 8 * 1024 * 1024
>>
>> Is there a reason for this limit to be inherited down to Ext4 partitions
>> as well? See my kickstart snippet below - the "/db" partition has the
>> --grow option, but it will not grow beyond 8TB due to the code above,
>> leaving nearly 8TB completely unused on the server.
>>
>> ------------------------------------------------------------------------
>> clearpart --all
>> bootloader --location=mbr
>>
>> # Create partitions: 200 MB for boot, remaining for everything else.
>> part /boot --size=200 --fstype ext3
>> part pv.01 --size=1 --grow
>>
>> # Create a single volume group
>> volgroup vg pv.01
>>
>> # Create a swap volume of "recommended size", a root volume of 100GB
>> # and a database volume on the remaining space
>> logvol swap   --fstype swap --name=swap_vol  --vgname=vg --recommended
>> logvol /      --fstype ext4 --name=root_vol  --vgname=vg --size=100000
>> logvol /db    --fstype ext4 --name=db_vol    --vgname=vg --size=1 --grow
>> ------------------------------------------------------------------------
>>
>> Thanks in advance,
>> Arun
> 
> That would be a work-around to Arun's problem without addressing the
> underlying issue. With single drives being 2TB now, it's an issue that
> deserves direct attention, I would think.

I think a discussion on this has at least started on anaconda-devel:
https://www.redhat.com/archives/anaconda-devel-list/2010-January/msg00291.html

Steffen

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