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Large filesystem “support”

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I’ve written recently on how to handle systems with very large storage subsystems. One would think that as we make our way through 2009 that the supporting tools for such large filesystems are at the top of their game, but as I’ve been playing with 24TB of storage I’ve realised that this is hardly the case: The most commonly used bootloader for Linux systems, GRUB, doesn’t yet have capabilities to boot from GPT partitions (at least not in the stable release) The most commonly used partitioner, fdisk, doesn’t support GPT-partitioned disks (and hence no disk larger than 2TB) GNU parted, which does support GPT, insists on performing all partition resize operations itself (including resizing the contained filesystem). Since it doesn’t yet understand LVM, it can’t resize any partition that contains…

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