XFS rootfs required?

Adam Williamson awilliam at redhat.com
Tue Mar 20 06:02:13 UTC 2012

On Mon, 2012-03-19 at 23:52 -0600, Chris Murphy wrote:
> It's not an option with Fedora-17-Beta-TC2-x86_64-DVD.iso. I don't see
> anything listed in alpha, beta, or final release criteria that
> requires it, but it's been a past option. Summary is that mkfs.xfs
> isn't present on the DVD media, at least for x86_64.
> Bug here:
> https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=804779
> For General Tests, Final release level, I see an XFS test case here:
> https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/QA:Testcase_anaconda_xfs_rootfs_on_disk_partition

This is a very close call.

The relevant release criterion would be Final: "The installer must be
able to create and install to any workable partition layout using any
file system offered in a default installer configuration, LVM, software,
hardware or BIOS RAID, or combination of the above"

I guess under a strict interpretation, it fails to meet the criterion,
because the *consequence* of the bug is that XFS is not 'offered' as a
file system by the installer.

You could take the view, however, that it's clearly _intended_ to be

I'd probably incline to the first view, because the idea behind the
criterion is that you shouldn't be able to paint yourself into a corner
with the installer - you shouldn't be able to pick an option that
doesn't work. But it's a close call. It's probably worth proposing it
and having the discussion.

In any case, obviously, it should get fixed.
Adam Williamson
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