Re: mke2fs + 8MB + 2.2.5 = hangs

From: Alan Cox (
Date: Wed Feb 21 2001 - 18:28:39 EST

> I have not probed a higer kernel because I have any
> compiled drivers (I have not sources) for 2.2.5-15 kernel.
> I don't know if it's a kernel problem or a install program problem.
> (I have a 4MB machine with RedHat 6.2 with 2.2.5-15
> kernel and mk2efs work fine with partition over 100MB???)
> I don't understand.

The RH installer probably still had the workarounds in it that it had for
the 6.0 release. Early 2.2 tended to stop if it was totally idle, had a lot
in ram (or very little ram) and did a lot of writes mkfs style. It almost
only happens on install tools.

That was fixed during mid 2.2 I forget exactly where. There are still 2.2
open questions with currnet 2.2 but only when creating _very_ large file
systems with little memory, where the write throttling may still need a bit
of work.


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