Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 12050
Installer hangs/eats RAM in mke2fs
Last modified: 2008-05-01 11:37:56 EDT
On my Sun/IPX I was trying to do a network install (by ftp) of RH6.2 and
have failed to get past creating a root filesystem.
It sat in mke2fs for more than an hour on a disc which is only 1GB in size
(reducing the partition to 500MB didn't help).
Looking at virtual console 5 you can see mke2fs running doing the 'writing
inode table' stage and giving numbers like 1800/30xxx - ticking round at
about 1 a second - so that would take more than 10 hours!
IPX's are slow but not that slow!
Looking at /proc/meminfo you can see that something is taking over 100MB of
swap and growing as mke2fs was running.
I now believe the problem is that Disk Druid incorrectly created the partition
tables so that the partition sizes were about 1000 times their real sizes -
which gave mke2fs a bit more work to do!
Ode for old reliable fdisk.
What size did you enter for the partition in disk druid? It accepts partition
sizes in units of Megabytes.
SPARC is no longer a supported platform.