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    How can I install Ubuntu on XFS file system?

    Does it exists a correct procedure to install Ubuntu on the XFS file system?
    I've tried a lot of times without any success (error 17 grub).
    I've tried a ext3 /boot partition and it's the same thing.

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    Re: How can I install Ubuntu on XFS file system?

    this says it will work

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/XFS

    the fact that you have grub issues points to hardware and bios configuration.

    how are they set ?

    i have experienced these problems

    changing the drive from raid to ide in the bios

    what type of hard drives are you using, include if this involves raid and dual booting

    if you have sata's, remove one from the configuration, try to narrow out anything that will interfere with your setup.

    ide hard drives should have correct jumper setting, they should also be on the correct ide channel.

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    Re: How can I install Ubuntu on XFS file system?

    I dont think xfs is available as an install option for live cd. I got it all working fine pre partitioning via gparted prior to install using ext3 on /boot and xfs on the partitions that needed it. Works like a champ. I do recall that I had to install the xfs filesystem utils to get it all to work right though. I would not recommend xfs for /home, /, /usr, or any other partition that uses small files. ReiserFS or ext4 would be far more appropriate for those. I actually use xfs for my Mythtv server because xfs was designed to handle those types of massive file types.

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    Re: How can I install Ubuntu on XFS file system?

    Yes, you can.

    HOWEVER, my own experience is that XFS is not a good filesystem for the root filesystem. It lasted 6 months and then began to act flaky -- my VMware VM started taking way too long to shut down, and there were other signs of trouble, so I reinstalled on ext3. However, I have some large (250G) data partitions that are XFS, and it seems to be OK for that application.
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    Re: How can I install Ubuntu on XFS file system?

    I don't think it's a bios problem, the installation works correctly when I format the root partition with ext3.
    Workaround /boot (ext3, root (xfs) seems not to work.
    I've tried last time with the Alternate CD (it works on another couple of raid 0 hard disks), but I've the similar problem:
    Lilo and Grub can't install on /dev/sda or /dev/sda1.
    This is a normal SATA drive (not raid).
    Can I try Grub2 or a newer boot program? I'm very tired of a lot of slow installations without any success...

    I've read the XFS features and I would like to try it.
    Thank you in advance.

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    Re: How can I install Ubuntu on XFS file system?

    I can't understand this (a bug?):

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    Re: How can I install Ubuntu on XFS file system?

    If you really insist on installing on an XFS filesystem, use a GParted Live CD to format the partition first, then use Live or Alternate Ubuntu CD to install on it.

    You'll need a separate small partition for /boot -- 100MB is plenty big enough. That one must be formatted ext3.

    Then use "manual" partitioning during *buntu installation, and set the mount points for the "/" and "/boot" partitions. Should work. Here's my notes from a couple of years ago:

    http://kubuntuforums.net/forums/inde...opic=3087434.0

    Reminder: it fell apart after less than 6 months of use.
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    Re: How can I install Ubuntu on XFS file system?

    Quote Originally Posted by dabl View Post
    If you really insist on installing on an XFS filesystem, use a GParted Live CD to format the partition first, then use Live or Alternate Ubuntu CD to install on it.
    I've tried it, but the CD Alternate tell me that XFS fs active options aren't compatible.
    I've format again my Samsung 500Gb SATA from alternate CD partition menù:

    This a "view" from another raid hdd and ubuntu installation.
    You'll need a separate small partition for /boot -- 100MB is plenty big enough. That one must be formatted ext3.

    Then use "manual" partitioning during *buntu installation, and set the mount points for the "/" and "/boot" partitions. Should work. Here's my notes from a couple of years ago:

    http://kubuntuforums.net/forums/inde...opic=3087434.0

    Reminder: it fell apart after less than 6 months of use.
    This is the final result


    What did it fall apart after less than 6 months of use?
    Has the filesystem XFS been corrupted?
    Thank you very nice for your help, is very appreciated

    p.s. Now i try to remove 2 my Raid hdd and stand alone the sata samung 500gb.
    Last edited by psychok9; February 5th, 2009 at 07:26 PM.

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    Re: How can I install Ubuntu on XFS file system?

    Quote Originally Posted by psychok9 View Post

    the CD Alternate tell me that XFS fs active options aren't compatible.
    Hmmmm -- this may be something new since I installed on XFS. There were no "objections" from the installation CD, in my case. I installed on a WD1500 Raptor hard drive.



    What did it fall apart after less than 6 months of use?
    Has the filesystem XFS been corrupted?
    I'm not a filesystem developer, so I can't give a high-precision answer. I have a VMware Win XP virtual machine, about 8G in size, that runs a customized MS Visual FoxPro database. After about 5 months, I noticed that when I closed the VM, it seemed to take longer than usual. Within a couple more weeks, it was taking 10 minutes to close, with constant disk activity the whole time. The xfs-progs utility showed it 34% fragmented, and when I ran the defragmenter, it would not reduce the defragmentation below about 30%. At that point I decided I could not risk my data any more, even though I made backups daily, so I re-installed.

    I also have a WD7500 that is partitioned in 3 XFS partitions about 250G each, and on those partitions are data that does not change much (videos, images, music, etc.). As far as I can tell, there is no problem with those filesystems -- I don't change the data very much, and there is not much fragmentation.

    FYI, I am presently running Kubuntu 8.10, including my VMware Player VM, on a JFS filesystem, and it seems to be fine. It has been running since 8.10, Alpha 5 -- I think it was installed in September.
    Last edited by dabl; February 5th, 2009 at 07:52 PM.
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    Re: How can I install Ubuntu on XFS file system?

    had a friend that lost his myth setup, happened last year, he still complains about it to this day.

    i don't know what happened exactly, the fella is into development' so that has to say something .

    good luck

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