XFS rootfs required?

Eric Sandeen sandeen at redhat.com
Fri Mar 23 15:49:56 UTC 2012

On 3/20/12 1:02 AM, Adam Williamson wrote:
> 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
> offered.
> 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.

I certainly hope it can be fixed for F17, it seems like a regression, and there are people who use Fedora explicitly for the good XFS support.


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