default file system, was: Comparison to Workstation Technical Specification

Ric Wheeler rwheeler at
Sun Mar 2 14:57:49 UTC 2014

On 02/27/2014 02:43 PM, Stephen Gallagher wrote:
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> On 02/27/2014 12:18 AM, Chris Murphy wrote:
>> On Feb 26, 2014, at 5:33 PM, Josef Bacik <josef at
>> <mailto:josef at>> wrote:
>>> Just popping in here to say that btrfs is not ready to be default
>>> in Fedora yet.  Optional is fine but not default.
>> OK good, that's definitive. Thanks Josef.
>> So my thought is Workstation WG choices: parity with Server WG,
>> whatever they choose; or plain ext4; or keep things the same with
>> LVM + ext4.
>> And on the question of an alternate choice (what currently appears
>> in the Automatic/Guided path's Partition Scheme pop-up menu) the
>> WG's might consider this too, even whether an alternate is desired.
>> Because from a my personal QA perspective, I'd like to see the two
>> products agree on either the default or an alternate so we don't
>> have four total possible paths combined, which today means 100
>> testable outcomes. One or two paths is ideal; three might be OK.
>> Four is likeā€¦ chickens with no heads, running.
> Speaking for myself, I have a slight preference on using XFS-on-LVM
> for the default filesystem in the Fedora Server, but if both of the
> other Products would prefer ext4-on-LVM, I suppose we could negotiate.
> If we can arrange things so we only have a single installer with
> different install targets (at least for the net install), I'd consider
> the reduction in testing effort at least worthy of argument at being
> more valuable than the filesystem choice.
> Question for the cloud folks:
> I realize that XFS is a difficult pill to swallow for /boot, due to
> your use of syslinux instead of GRUB2. If the Server and Workstation
> groups decide to settle on both using XFS-on-LVM for the main
> partitions, we could *probably* also compromise on using ext4 for just
> /boot.
> Directed more broadly at all three products:
> Formal proposal (for discussion): All three products agree to use ext4
> for /boot and XFS-on-LVM for all other partitions in the "guided"
> mode. All is fair game in the "custom" mode.
> Also, for the sake of everyone's sanity, as we discuss this specific
> proposal, let's hold the conversation to devel at
> (making this the last cross-posted message in the thread).

I have a strong preference for using XFS on LVM as the default for any server 
install based on the fact that it is the common server configuration in a huge 
number of real servers in production :)


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