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Re: [Xen-users] XCP default partition layout?

Hi John,

XCP questions are in general more likely to get answered on the (badly
named) xen-api@ list.

On Thu, 2012-08-16 at 05:09 +0100, John Morris wrote:
> Hi list,
> I've been playing with XCP for the first time the last couple of days. 
> I like the 'xe' commands.  With other systems that have a complex 
> command line tool, I often have trouble remembering all the different 
> command names and exceptions to arguments ('koji' is the latest that 
> really pains me), but 'xe' is clean and clear, nice!
> I had intended to install the host OS on a separate disk, but that 
> didn't work out, so instead it's going onto the pair of very small 10k 
> RPM disks that I had hoped to devote entirely to domU filesystems.
> The XCP installer creates two partitions of about 4GB each on the first 
> disk.  The first is the root / filesystem, clear enough.  I can't seem 
> to find any documentation about it.  The beginning appears to contain 
> all NULLs, and 'strings' finds nothing human-legible in it.

You mean the second partition? IIRC it is a backup root partition, i.e.
if you upgrade the host then (optionally?) the existing root partition
can be copied there.

> Anyone know what that partition is for?  Can it be removed, or else 
> moved to the beginning of the second disk?

I don't think it can be moved.

> I'm also curious about the status of XCP RPM packages, parallel to the 
> Debian packages that already exist.  I'm a tad uncomfortable with 
> 'appliances', and would like to get the system under configuration 
> management, although XCP really does give enough value that I'm willing 
> to deal with it for now.  ;)
> Thanks-
>       John
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