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SubjectRe: Linux mdadm superblock question.
H. Peter Anvin wrote:
> On 02/15/2010 04:27 PM, Neil Brown wrote:
>> When mdadm defaults to 1.0 for a RAID1 it prints a warning to the effect that
>> the array might not be suitable to store '/boot', and requests confirmation.
>> So I assume that the people who are having this problem either do not read,
>> or are using some partitioning tool that runs mdadm under the hood using
>> "--run" to avoid the need for confirmation. It would be nice to confirm if
>> that was the case, and find out what tool is being used.
> My guess is that they are using the latter. However, some of it is
> probably also a matter of not planning ahead, or not understanding the
> error message. I'll forward one email privately (don't want to forward
> a private email to a list.)
>> If an array is not being used for /boot (or /) then I still think that 1.1 is
>> the better choice as it removes the possibility for confusion over partition
>> tables.
>> I guess I could try defaulting to 1.2 in a partition, and 1.1 on a
>> whole-device. That might be a suitable compromise.
> In some ways, 1.1 is even more toxic on a whole-device, since that means
> that it is physically impossible to boot off of it -- the hardware will
> only ever read the first sector (MBR).
That is either a problem or a solution, depending which bad behavior you
are trying hardest to avoid.
>> How do people cope with XFS??
> There are three options:
> a) either don't boot from it (separate /boot);
And certainly there are other reasons to do that...
> b) use a bootloader which installs in the MBR and
> hopefully-unpartitioned disk areas (e.g. Grub);
> c) use a nonstandard custom MBR.
> Neither (b) or (c), of course, allow for chainloading from another OS
> install and thus are bad for interoperability.

I'm not really sure what you're getting at here, I use grub in MBR and
then add chain loader stanzas to grub.conf for many things, usually an
alternate Linux release, or to have 32/64 of the same release handy for
testing, and always memtest from the boot menu. Even Win98SP2 on one
machine, since that works very poorly under KVM. (ask Avi if you care
why, something about what it does in real mode). In any case, I don't
see the chain loader issue, unless you mean to reboot out of some other
OS into Linux.

Bill Davidsen <>
"We can't solve today's problems by using the same thinking we
used in creating them." - Einstein

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