Bug 122598 - Anaconda creates suboptimal RAID5 configurations
Anaconda creates suboptimal RAID5 configurations
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: anaconda (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Jeremy Katz
Mike McLean
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Reported: 2004-05-06 02:04 EDT by H. Peter Anvin
Modified: 2007-11-30 17:10 EST (History)
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Last Closed: 2005-08-15 12:14:23 EDT
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Description H. Peter Anvin 2004-05-06 02:04:20 EDT
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Description of problem:
Anaconda/Disk Druid creates RAID-5's with algoritm = 0
(left-assymetric.)  However, the recommended algorithm for general use
is algorithm 2 (left-symmetric.)

Unfortunately, there is no easy way to recover this after system
installation, so this is a major flaw.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
FC2test3 CD ISOs

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Create a RAID-5 with Disk Druid.
2. Look at /proc/mdstat.
3. Read the md documentation.

Additional info:
Comment 1 Jeremy Katz 2004-05-06 15:00:51 EDT
anaconda has never set this explicitly and instead just goes with the
defaults for the raid tools/kernel.  At this point, it's too late to
change for FC2 (it wouldn't get any testing at all), so targeting for FC3.
Comment 2 H. Peter Anvin 2004-05-08 04:35:12 EDT
This is somewhat misleading.

Please note that raidtools are considered obsolete.  mdadm defaults to
left-symmetric (2).

Also note this applies to RAID-6 as well as RAID-5.
Comment 3 Jeremy Katz 2004-05-18 23:26:46 EDT
Switching to madadm for FC3, changes are in CVS (which will then
follow the default of mdadm, I'm not going to change the defaults
there either since the tool should dtrt by default)

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