Bug 186558 - Selecting reiserfs for /usr and /var fails.
Selecting reiserfs for /usr and /var fails.
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: anaconda (Show other bugs)
i686 Linux
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Assigned To: Anaconda Maintenance Team
Mike McLean
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Reported: 2006-03-24 07:30 EST by L. Jason Godsey
Modified: 2007-11-30 17:11 EST (History)
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Last Closed: 2006-03-24 09:42:19 EST
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Description L. Jason Godsey 2006-03-24 07:30:02 EST
Description of problem:
I booted w/ linux reiserfs, selected reiser format for /usr and /var.  Installer
failed to format the filesystems.

/usr and /var were members of vg0 lvm2 group.

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How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. boot installer with linux reiserfs
2. create small /boot 100M
2. create small / with ~800M (so that with out /usr and /var, there won't be
enough space)
3. create lvm group which contains /usr and /var with format reiserfs
4. continue with normal install.
Actual results:
I *think* /usr and /var fail to get formatted, or maybe they don't get mounted.
 Either way, install fails.

Expected results:
No errors.
Comment 1 David Cantrell 2006-03-24 09:42:19 EST
From fsset.py, class reiserfsFileSystem:

# this is totally, 100% unsupported.  Boot with "linux reiserfs"
# at the boot: prompt will let you make new reiserfs filesystems
# in the installer.  Bugs filed when you use this will be closed

...However, my guess is that the install succeeded but it didn't label the
devices properly.  There was not labeling function for reiserfs filesystems in
FC5.  Fixed in rawhide.  Try that.

...I'll also give you another hint.  If you do manage to get a successful
reiserfs installation, you need to add "noselinux selinux=0" to your boot
arguments in grub.  Reiserfs lacks the attributes needed for selinux to do
things.  You really should be using ext3.  It's a much nicer filesystem.
Comment 2 L. Jason Godsey 2006-03-24 09:58:18 EST
I'm now just using reiser for /maildir (post install).

As for why I want reiser, ext2/3 as well as ufs/ufs2 on FreeBSD suffer from a
maximum of ~~32000 directories/directory.

[root@syr01 Maildir]# for i in `seq 1 32000`; do echo $i;done| xargs mkdir
mkdir: cannot create directory `31999': Too many links
mkdir: cannot create directory `32000': Too many links
[root@syr01 Maildir]# touch testing
[root@syr01 Maildir]#

Prior to moving from FreeBSD, I used something like /maildir/j/a/jason, however
I run into problems when users try making lots of their own Maildir folders.

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