Re: Volume management on Linux with the ext2fs.

Eric Youngdale (
Tue, 22 Apr 1997 21:52:28 -0400

> So, when a user adds a new disk to an existing file system, the
>ext2fs code will get the number of available blocks on this extra disk
>and the number of block groups, and add this information to the number
>of blocks/block groups he knows about.

The one fly in the ointment is that you would *probably* want
to be able to grow the inode table when you expand the filesystem. I
am not sure - would it make sense to give each disk an inode table in such
a way that the complete inode table would consist of the sum of the inode
tables on each disk.

> Comments on this? Is this proposal completely foolish?

No, this is something that I think we have needed for some time.
I kind of got spoiled when I worked on HPUX or AIX where you could grow
filesystems on the fly.