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Re: Beta1 missing decisions and possible timeline

Frans Pop <elendil@planet.nl> writes:

> On Sunday 03 February 2008, Otavio Salvador wrote:
>> >>  - e2fsprogs inode size change
>> >>
>> >>    Lastest release[1] changed the default inode size to 256
>> >>    bytes. This is not yet on lenny but is already available on sid and
>> >>    will hit lenny in few days.
>> >>
>> >>    1. http://e2fsprogs.sourceforge.net/e2fsprogs-release.html#1.40.5
>> >>
>> >>    Currently, there's a know problem with GRUB[2] and the safest
>> >> solution is to change the current inode size back to 128 bytes using
>> >> -I option of mke2fs for Beta1 release and then work on GRUB or GRUB2
>> >> to support it for lenny Beta2 release with 256 bytes again.
>> >>
>> >>    2. http://bugs.debian.org/463236
>> >
>> > What about the option to just apply the recent patch from Stefan
>> > Lippers-Hollmann to grub and go with that? I very much disliked the
>> > reaction from Robert basically saying that the patch would not even be
>> > considered because grub was dead.
>> > AFAIK, grub is still very much the major bootloader for x86 and issues
>> > such as this definitely should be resolved.
>> Yes, Robert will handle it for us.
> Great.
> BTW. I guess this change is also going to break stable installs if we use 
> the Lenny installer for Etch+1/2...
> I guess we'll have to hack things so that for Etch installs partitions will 
> be created with a 128 byte inode size. I'll see what I can do about that.

Yes, we'll need to. It would be interesting if partman could read
something like /etc/defaults/e2fsprogs and like so we could provide
etch-support udeb with this and any other specific thing we need.

What do you think?

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