Re: Rant about installer features (Re: Progeny)
Greg Folkert wrote:
>>>Too bad. MD Raid is tough for a bootable setup with automated tools.
>>This is part of what i don't understand. As Alvin Oga and i were
>>discussing a while back (see archives), it is a supported configuration
>>by the kernel, and Red Hat have supported it since 7.3. I guess that's
>>why Progeny decided to port anaconda - it worked out your tough problem.
> It not so much the anaconda issue, more over it is the "Debian Way" of
> doing things. I guess^WKNOW, Grub has issue with md as root. But, as
> with all thing Linux... <accent style="stereotypical crusty German
> Colonel"> "We have ways of making it work! Muahahaha!"</accent>
I'm not particularly attached to grub. Lilo seems to work in these cases.
>>I've read several HOWTOs on it, but none of them seem to solve the
>>I just did a bit more searching and found
>>http://alioth.debian.org/projects/rootraiddoc/ - maybe i'll try that.
> I am surprised you haven't gotten it to work.
Me too. I might give it another try with the last RAID HOWTO i found
above, but Progeny seems like a better option to me, so i'll probably
only do it if the next version doesn't come
> Yes it is a Mickey mouse way to setup the "Ultimate" Linux
What's Mickey Mouse about it? You can't have a server without RAID, and
most low-end servers don't have hardware RAID. At least, only 2 of the
6 servers i've bought in the last year had hardware RAID, and they were
Promise RAID, which is about the same as software RAID, only harder to
implement (at least on Red Hat/Fedora). Most of the servers i set up
have very simple OS disk requirements, so minimal partitioning is ideal
(most of my machines at work have a separate /var, but i don't bother
with that at home).
> but, at present, this Voluntary project doesn't want to "Do it
> auto-magically" when there is a way to do it with "other means". Yes,
> it is asinine, but think about how Debian really works (well, doesn't
> work sometimes). It is quite possible, someone will get a Hair up the
> arse and make this work... but until then it'll be a kludge to get
What do you mean "auto-magically"? I don't expect it to just work out
what i want and do it - i'm happy to partition and set up filesystems
manually. The trick is i want an initrd and kernel that work with RAID
> Personally, I have a server with lvm on-top of a "Promise Raid
> Mirroring" setup. Works, I see only one drive. But I have / as an LV.
I'm happy to have LVM as well. I just haven't found it that useful in
recent installs, since most of the servers i use have 2 internal disks
and nothing else (any RAID data storage is outboard on fibre channel
disk arrays, and that is only on my most critical servers).
> See if you can tell were I patterned my VG names (on machine with more
> than one VG)from:
Looks like AIX to me, although it's been a long time since i touched it
> I'd love to start a project that will do all the work after install. Do
> it they way the Admin wants... asking questions, verifying things as you
> go, making the needed hardware addressing changes. But, I currently only
> have coupla hours a week to start something like that.
> Mainly, I value Family Time.
Seriously, why would you bother? It has already been solved by someone
else (Progeny), and it's only a matter of time before that becomes a
usable solution. Especially when you have a family (mine is waiting for
me to come to breakfast now instead of writing email :-).
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