[conspire] wedged Debian Sid

Rick Moen rick at linuxmafia.com
Mon Oct 29 19:24:24 PDT 2007

Quoting David Fox (dfox94085 at gmail.com):

[Debian precompiled 2.6.22-2-k7 kernel:]

> On the other hand, there is an xfs module in that kernel's module
> directory, so I suspect that if/when xfs support is needed, it'll
> automatically bring in those particular modules. 

I suppose, just create a scratch filesystem on something, and trying to
mkfs.xfs it and then mount it.

> On the other (third?) hand, you need that support in initrd if you are
> attempting to *boot* an xfs root file system.

In which case, at minimum, you'd need to make and then reference a new
initrd (and would not be able to install directly onto XFS using that
particular installation kernel).

> And of course, you need the xfs userland utilities to make that work
> as well - and that's not something that automatically gets included.


> I did have bruce's gateway box set up as xfs for the most part,
> though, and that was a ubuntu system.

There are a number of third-party netinst installer for Debian that do
definitely include full support for various less-popular filesystems
during and after installation (Reiser4, XFS, JFS).

At the time I last ran Debian on XFS (Debian 2.2 potato days), those 
were not yet available, or at least not known to me.

Anyhow, we risk getting sidetracked:  My actual main concern here (for
Bill Moseley) is:  1.  Why a precompiled kernel from stable?   2.  Why a
precompiled kernel at all, given that the system also has signs of
locally compiled ones?  

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