Description of RFE:
iSCSI support was added to anaconda sometime ago. That's an expensive option
unavailable to some/most Linux users. I saw the patches post for the iSCSI
support. I thought that the code could be adapted for ATA over Ethernet, AOE
http://www.coraid.com/tech1.html. AOE has been in the kernel for sometime
now. The benefit to Fedora or ES users is similar to Xen support. AOE allows
a big file server to be a virtual hard drive dispenser for client PCs. PCs
are great, but if drivers are made available for the OpenMoko and Maemo
platforms, then Fedora could host embedded devices need for an occasional
larger storage area via AOE disk files as hard drives too. The nslu2 has an
http://www.nslu2-linux.org/wiki/Optware/Vblade . Perhaps a PC in the stereo
rack would be quieter too. There's a lj article here
Things that may have to be considered:
1.) https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=381541 selinux configuration
may have to be adapted.
2.) aoetools and perhaps the vblade tools will have to be available for
anaconda to broadcast for available AOE drives. You do not have to have the
Coraid hardware with the vblade tools
3.) I believe the "Advanced storage configuration" button is where the
anaconda change should be made
4.) Some sort of init script would be required.
5.) The init script may have to have, say, /etc/sysconfig/aoe information.
6.) The /boot partition may need some adjustsments so that that the kernel can
load the drivers.
7.) Perhaps boot prom considerations are needed for diskless clients using a
server with files uses as disk drives via vblade tools.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
AOE support should benefit other Red Hat products too.
Looks like there are a whole lot of components involved here. (1) is an SELinux
problem, (2) is a problem of needing various tools packages in the distribution
(which may already exist), and then added to anaconda, (3) is part of anaconda,
(4) and (5) are init scripts, (6) and (7) at least involve various bootloaders,
booty, mkinitrd, and possibly other components. This report can serve as the
RFE for the anaconda components, but I think separate bugs need to be filed
against all the other components as well to make sure they do their part. You
may also want a tracker.
Realistically, we're not going to do anything on anaconda until the other
components are in and tested since otherwise there's nothing really for us to
use. Getting this feature implemented is going to require a suitably motivated
individual or group to shepherd it through the process, possibly helping out
with testing and patching along the way. We haven't really heard much interest
in adding this either from individuals or customers, this bug report excluded.
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