I've been running SLES 8 under Raid 0 on Reiserfs at home for a few months
now with no problems but then all I do with my home Linux installation is
played Neverwinter Nights or tunnel into work via vmware, SSH and
You could always use LVM to stripe your reiserfs, thats what I use (under
SLES 8 AMD-64) for our production database server. And yes of course the
striped ResierFS is mirrored!
BTW, which exact version of SuSE Linux are you having this problem with??
The ResierFS faq ( http://www.namesys.com/faq.html
)does mention these
issues with _earlier_ kernels.
"Q. Can I use ReiserFS with the software RAID?"
"A. Yes, for all Raid levels using any Linux >= 2.4.1, but DO NOT use Raid5
with Linux 2.2.x. Our journaling and their Raid code step on each other in
the buffering code. Also, mirroring is not safe in the 2.2.x kernels because
online mirror rebuilds in 2.2.x break the write ordering requirements for
the log. If you crash in the middle of an online rebuild, your meta-data may
be corrupted. The only Raid level that is safe with ReiserFS in the 2.2.x
kernels is the striping/concatenation level."
Anyway, if you store any important data on Raid 0 and don't have super-tight
backups you are asking for a beating IMO.
I would take this problem to the ReiserFS guys (www.namesys.com
) as they
take any reported problems VERY seriously.
From: Joel Wiramu Pauling [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Thursday, 1 July 2004 3:29 p.m.
Subject: [suse-amd64] Raid 0 + ReiserFS
I have a big Warning,
Don't use raid 0 .and reiserfs. bad Bad BAd BAD!. I had been noticing
strange errors for the last two months (certain files reporting 0 length and
being unable to be removed). And I ran a single user session and rebuilt the
This corrected all the issues, but, created more in the process. Basically I
have been left with holes all over my filesystem, in a fairly random order.
I believe reiserfs 3.6 can't handle the stripe nature of software raid, and
screws up where things are because of this. There is absolutely nothing
wrong with the discs physically. And i'm pretty certain it's just the
combination of reiserfs and raid0.
Anyway. The fact is I've lost a lot of data. Suse people... you need to
change the default type of filesystem for raid stripes.... This progressive
fall to doom will be happening to a number of people with suse installed and
a raid 0 stripe.
I've posted to the reiserfs guys aswell. Currently I'm trying to rescue what
I can but because the problems are random, even taring and sending it across
the network to a temporary machine may only be moving the errors in much of
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