Bug 495478 - Document use of mke2fs -F for creating large file systems
Document use of mke2fs -F for creating large file systems
Status: CLOSED DUPLICATE of bug 241285
Product: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5
Classification: Red Hat
Component: e2fsprogs (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Eric Sandeen
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Reported: 2009-04-13 07:38 EDT by Bryn M. Reeves
Modified: 2009-04-18 10:17 EDT (History)
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Description Bryn M. Reeves 2009-04-13 07:38:17 EDT
Description of problem:
It is now possible to create ext3 file systems of 8-16TiB in size (>2^31-1 blocks) by specifying the '-F' switch to the mke2fs/mkfs.ext3 command. This is documented in the following kbase note:


But is not mentioned in the documentation for the e2fsprogs package itself.

The larger file system size limits are fully supported as of RHEL-5.1 so it would be useful to have this documented. E.g. adding the following extra statement to the existing documentation of -F in man 8 mke2fs:

      -F     Force mke2fs to run, even if the specified device is not a block 
             special device, or appears to be mounted. This option is required 
             to create file systems larger than 8TB.

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Steps to Reproduce:
1. Examine man pages or /usr/share/doc/e2fsprogs-*/*
Actual results:
No mention of use of -F to create large file systems

Expected results:
Document use of above switch

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Comment 1 Eric Sandeen 2009-04-18 10:12:38 EDT
Yep, we should fix this up.  Since > 8T is supposed to be formally supported, we should just remove the need for the "-F" in the >8T case, I suppose.

Comment 2 Eric Sandeen 2009-04-18 10:17:02 EDT
Oh, and in fact it is already removed in e2fsprogs-1.39-22 as part of the changes for bug 241285.


*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of bug 241285 ***

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