Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 162298
reiserfs module / kernel-unsupported missing - no warning given
Last modified: 2012-06-20 12:03:59 EDT
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Description of problem:
After upgrading the kernel to v2.6.9-5 as part of a remote upgrade from RHEL3 to RHEL4, it was possible to install this kernel on a system with reiserfs system partitions.
Only after the reboot was it discovered that Redhat was no longer making kernel-unsupported available, leaving the system in a corrupt state. The system is half way around the world, so fixing it is going to be interesting at 3am.
What Redhat should have done is built filesystem checks into the install scripts for the redhat kernel package to ensure that /, /etc and /usr are on supported filesystems.
It cannot be assumed that the user "just knows" that kernel modules had been arbitrarily removed from the package set. The lack of kernel-unsupported implied that it had been combined with kernel, not dropped altogether.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
reassigning to product management.
Customers who have 100-TB storage systems attached to RHEL servers frequently
need to use filesystems designed specifically for HUGE filesystems. EXT3 just
isn't appropriate for large multi-terabyte volumes.
Customers who can't even get "unsupported" modules for their filesystem of
choice will just go to CentOS or Suse.
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