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Bug#539521: marked as done (mke2fs hangs formatting RAID6)

Your message dated Thu, 6 Aug 2009 19:02:17 +0200
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and subject line Re: Bug#539521: mke2fs hangs formatting RAID6
has caused the Debian Bug report #539521,
regarding mke2fs hangs formatting RAID6
to be marked as done.

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Package: installation-reports

Boot method: netinst ISO image
Image version:
Date: Aug. 1, 2009

Machine: Core i7 920, ASUS WS P6T7 Supercomputer
Processor: Core i7 920
Memory: 6 GB
Partitions: N/A

Output of lspci -knn (or lspci -nn): N/A

Base System Installation Checklist:
[O] = OK, [E] = Error (please elaborate below), [ ] = didn't try it

Initial boot:           [O]
Detect network card:    [O]
Configure network:      [O]
Detect CD:              [O]
Load installer modules: [O]
Detect hard drives:     [O]
Partition hard drives:  [E]
Install base system:    [ ]
Clock/timezone setup:   [ ]
User/password setup:    [ ]
Install tasks:          [ ]
Install boot loader:    [ ]
Overall install:        [ ]


I created a RAID1 to hold the /boot partition and formatted as ext3 just
fine.  When trying to format a RAID6 LVM group for /, mke2fs (creating
an ext3 fs) sits there and does nothing.  This has been happening for
a week at least.

RAID1: 5 partitions, 0 spares
RAID6: 5 partitions, 0 spares, one LVM logical group for the root fs

Booted with "nopat" to get around a console hang problem but the issue
also happens in the graphical install ("nopat" not needed).

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On Sat, Aug 01, 2009 at 12:22:22PM -0500, David Greene wrote:
> Oh, it finally did kick off and apparently formatted the partition.  The
> progress meter went to 33% immediately and then just sat there.  I saw
> this behavior last week and then it really did sit there for hours.  So
> it appears whatever problem existed a week ago is gone 

Thank you for following up. I'm closing the bug.

> but that the UI could use some work.

Indeed. As I understand, it is not possible to get more fine-
grained progress output from mkfs.ext3, so we are currently stuck
with the very coarse two(?)-step progress bar.


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