Re: unblocking e2fsprogs
On Thu, Jul 24, 2008 at 10:58:39AM -0400, Theodore Tso wrote:
> On Thu, Jul 24, 2008 at 03:34:26PM +0200, Robert Millan wrote:
> > On Thu, Jul 24, 2008 at 01:13:06AM +0100, Adeodato Simó wrote:
> > >
> > > > In addition 1.41.0 closed a large number of bugs over 1.40.11, and is
> > > > the first version to have ext4 support.
> > Btw, a version of GRUB 2 with ext4dev support was just uploaded
> > (1.96+20080717-1).
> I wouldn't dream of asking debian-boot to support ext4dev at this late
> date --- but there is one thing I would ask. As I recall, there was a
> temporary fix to force to use of 128 byte inodes for the interim etch
> release of the d-i. Could we make sure that temporary fix is removed
> for Lenny, so that by default new filesystems are created with 256
> byte inodes?
> 256 byte inodes will significantly speed up Debian systems that use
> any of the following programs/technologies: Selinux, Samba4, trackerd,
> and/or ext4dev. Basically, any program that uses extended attributes
> (which is the reason for the first three items on that list) will be
> much faster with 256 byte inodes. Ext4dev uses the 256 byte inodes to
> support some of its various new features, such as nanosecond time
> resolution (important given that compilers can finish compiling a
> program in under a second), the creation timestamp, 64-bit i_version
> support for NFSv4, etc.
> The kernel has supported 256 byte inodes for a long time; the issue
> was merely Grub needed a specific patch for 128-byte inodes, and folks
> didn't want to patch grub for an interim etch release. I believe the
> grub patch *has* been in Lenny for quite some time, however. (There
> was one update to that patch to make sure really ancient revision 0
> filesystems don't confuse grub.)
I'm not sure what you mean by interim etch release (is that the so-called
"etch and a half"?). Anyway, as far as GRUB is concerned you need:
- grub-pc | grub (>= 0.97-30)
- Mind #491076
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