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Re: XFS installer

To: Seth Mos <>
Subject: Re: XFS installer
From: Nathan Scott <>
Date: Fri, 10 Aug 2001 16:08:19 +1000
Cc: Ralf Baechle <>, Brandon Barker <>,,
In-reply-to: <>; from on Fri, Aug 10, 2001 at 07:38:15AM +0200
References: <> <>
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On Fri, Aug 10, 2001 at 07:38:15AM +0200, Seth Mos wrote:
> On Fri, 10 Aug 2001, Ralf Baechle wrote:
> > On Thu, Aug 09, 2001 at 08:53:11PM -0400, Brandon Barker wrote:
> > 
> > > My intel workstation uses SGI's XFS Installer to create partitions with 
> > > XFS 
> > > for Redhat 7.1 before it is installed, along with installing a modified 
> > > kernel and utilitiies.  I was wondering if there is anything like this 
> > > for 
> > > Linux Mips (on Indys), or if IRIX 6.2 can create a compatible XFS 
> > > partition 
> > > for use with linux.
> > 
> > Don't take my answer as authoritative for XFS stuff - the directory format
> > of XFS on disk has somewhen been changed; the Linux version only supports
> > v2 while IRIX 6.2 is rather old so I think only supports v1.  Thus both
> > flavours are incompatible.
> True, linux suports only v2. I don't know if Irix 6.2 supports the v2
> mode. Another thing to watch out for is that the blocksize must equal
> pagesize to be able to als mount it under linux.
> This has different size on different architectures. Most are 4k but ia64
> is variable from 2 - 16k or so.
> This exlpained a bit in the FAQ
> I will cc the linux-xfs list for an answer on which Irix versions can
> support the v2 format. 

V2 directories were first introduced in 6.5.5 and, AFAICT, there was
no IRIX 6.2 patch.  The default XFS blocksize on an Indy is 4K, you
shouldn't have any trouble there.  You could upgrade your Indy to a
recent IRIX (6.5 has been around for 3+ years now...) or figure out
what's wrong with the v1 directory support on Linux - can't remember
what the issues were there, but the code is all still in the tree,
might be just a "simple matter of programming".

I thought RedHat dropped MIPS as a platform awhile back, so you may
be out of luck on the installer front (I'll toss you back to the mips
list on that one, I really don't know).



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