Bug 110105 - No reiserfs support
No reiserfs support
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: anaconda (Show other bugs)
i686 Linux
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Assigned To: Jeremy Katz
Mike McLean
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Reported: 2003-11-14 15:45 EST by David Mark North
Modified: 2007-11-30 17:10 EST (History)
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Last Closed: 2003-11-14 16:36:54 EST
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Description David Mark North 2003-11-14 15:45:01 EST
Description of problem:
Installer does not allow selection of reiserfs partitions at install.
If a reiserfs partition is prepared and root filesystem installed on
it (which the installer will do) the stock kernel cannot boot it.

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How reproducible:
100 percent.

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Try to select reiserfs during install. Oops!
2. Install to reiserfs partition
3. Try to boot. Oops!
Actual results:
System hang.

Expected results:
System hang. Everyone knows redhat is the only remaining distro that
can't run reiser, so this is pretty much what I expected: failure. Had
to try, though. Thought maybe with the distro out from under the
hobnail bootheel, something might improve. As indeed it might.

Additional info:
Building the kernel with reiser included solves the problem handily. I
haven't a clue how to add this simple option to anaconda. Then again,
I haven't a clue why it isn't there now. Want some impetus? Even
Debian Woody can do this. Geez, my mother-in-law can do this (and has).
Comment 1 Michael Lee Yohe 2003-11-14 16:00:16 EST
There used to be a hidden parameter (Red Hat Linux 7+, I believe) that
you could specify on the SYSLINUX prompt to pass to Anaconda.  Whether
it's still there - you can do you own sleuthing.

Since I can't ever remember the specific parameter, I usually throw - 

install reiserfs reiser

on the prompt and ReiserFS magically appears as an available option. 
The modules included with the default initrd have the reiserfs module.
 Unless something has changed significantly post Red Hat Linux 8.0
(the last time I used the reiser trick), it should still work without
a problem.
Comment 2 Jeremy Katz 2003-11-14 16:36:54 EST
Bot with 'linux reiserfs' 
Comment 3 David Mark North 2003-11-14 16:57:54 EST
Not a bug, huh? Just so I understand, the deal is it remains a hidden command-line 
option and will not be part of the graphic install, and this is not a bug?
    Is there any system to differ as to whether something actually is a bug or not?

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