Re: using 2 TB in real life

From: Anders Henke (
Date: Thu Dec 12 2002 - 12:48:14 EST

On Dec 12th 2002, Bryan O'Sullivan wrote:
> On Thu, 2002-12-12 at 04:03, Mike Black wrote:
> > Looks like it's already handled in 2.5.
> > Here's a patch for 2.4:
> >
> The result of the device size calculation that Anders complained about
> in 2.4.20 was wrong in a different way in Peter's >2TB patch, last I
> looked. I don't think Peter's patch is necessary for a 1.9TB device,
> anyway.

Peter's patch is not necessary for a 1.9TB device, but (from a quick
glance at the source) should fix the display problem I mentioned.

Personally I've no problem using 2.4.20 without this patch applied,
although sd.c makes 1.9TB devices look as being something coming
from a very dark corner of the universe ...

I knew of the 2 TB limit before, but the strange output brought me
to extensively test both xfs and ext3 on it before writing any
important data on the device. Other people might assume that Linux simply
cannot handle (scsi/fc) devices larger than 0.5 TB or think Linux of
being of less quality than $other_operating_system ("they claim 2 TB is
the limit, but it somehow chokes at only 0.5 TB").

It would be a very kind thing if someone knows how to fix sd.c that
way would do it before such ideas arise - unluckily, I don't have the
in-depth knowledge to do this, so I'm sending this as a notice to
linux-kernel (as this is the place where I believe the ones are who
know how to do fix it).



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