Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 124587
reiserfs driver missing from standard kernel
Last modified: 2007-11-30 17:07:02 EST
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Description of problem:
The reiserfs kernel modules are missing for the kernel.
This has caused problems with a machine that was upgraded from RH9
(which supported resierfs) to RHEL3 (which does not), which when
rebooted suddenly could not mount any of its filesystems. This machine
is in a managed hosting environment, and cannot be reinstalled from
scratch. Compiling a custom kernel is a very high maintenance
workaround, and is not acceptable as a long term solution.
In other words, please put it back :)
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
We do not support reiserfs. The reason for this position is that in
order for us to be able to responsibly support reiser, we would need
to fully staff up with the requisite expertiese. Then we would have
to go through a comprehensive testing regiment, code review and
subsequent fixes as necessary to feel that it is confidently
Due to finite amount of time and developer/testing resources we are
not intending to deliver reiserfs on RHEL.
...and the cost of that support is therefore passed directlly onto the
end user, who is now faced with the following options:
- Compile a custom kernel every time RH releases a new kernel release.
- Reinstall a machine that is on the exact opposite side of the world
from us, remotely.
- Choose another distro in future.
The reiserfs module is present in the kernel-unsupported RPM.
This means that the module is available for your use and it almost
certainly works. However, it just doesn't go through the rigorous QA
process ext3 goes through and isn't supported by our support organisation.
OTOH, if there is a bug and a readily available fix (and a user
bringing both to our attention), said fix will probably be available
in a next update.
In short, no need to recompile your kernel.