Root Drive Mirroring and LVM.

Sven Luther sven.luther at
Tue Jan 27 20:32:13 EST 2004

On Tue, Jan 27, 2004 at 10:01:17AM +0200, Atro Tossavainen wrote:
> Sorry about the crossposting.
> I wrote on the Yellow Dog Linux list when somebody asked about software
> RAID on YDL about my experiences with it:
> >> The one really big gotcha is that the Macintosh partitioning scheme
> >> can't tell the Linux kernel that certain partitions are to be
> >> considered "Linux RAID autodetect" (as in x86 using the DOS partition
> >> table type 0xfd). This means that you can't boot a Mac Linux system
> >> directly from RAID because the kernel won't be able to autostart the
> >> RAID devices. You have to work around this by creating an initial RAM
> >> disk that uses the raidstart command to start your metadevices, then
> >> swaps the initrd out of the way and proceeds to start the real system.
> to which Tim Seufert replied on the same list:
> > Hmmm.  That would seem to be a lack in the Linux RAID code, since the
> > Macintosh partition table has a vastly more flexible partition type
> > field than DOS: instead of a single byte it's a string.  It would mean
> > breaking from the convention of using the "Apple_SVR2_UNIX" type for
> > Linux partitions, but that really is just a convention as far as I know.
> Perhaps the PPC Linux developers and the Linux RAID developers should
> get together on this and make some decisions so as to make it happen.

Seems ok for me. Also, i guess that there are other partition types,
like the amiga partitition table the pegasos boxes mostly use, which has
a 32bit identifier for partition types. I guess it is the task of the
RAID code to have some per partition type checking for this RAID autodetect


Sven Luther

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