Installation of VERITAS File System (VxFS) 'VRTSvxfs-platform' stops responding when loading vxfs module.

Problem

Installation of VERITAS File System (VxFS) 'VRTSvxfs-platform' stops responding when loading vxfs module.

Error Message

Installation of VRTSvxfs-platform package (version 4.1) on RedHat Linux x86_64 platform does not proceed when loading vxfs module.

Solution

  Symptoms

Installation of vxfs-platform package (version 4.1) on RedHat Linux x86_64 platform does not proceed when loading vxfs module.

Output of "ps -ef" command may show entries similar to below:

root      6031  0.0  0.0 31568 13292 pts/0   S+   12:35   0:00 /bin/rpm -U --nodeps -v ./storage_foundation/rpms/VRTSvxfs-platform-4.1.00.10-GA_RHEL4.x86_64.rpm
root      6045  0.0  0.0  6604 2980 pts/0    D+   12:35   0:00 insmod /etc/vx/kernel/vxfs.ko.2.6.9-11.ELsmp

 
However, vxfs-platform gets installed successfully.
 
# rpm -qa | grep vxfs-platform
VRTSvxfs-platform-4.1.00.10-GA_RHEL4


  Conditions
 
  • RedHat Linux x86_64 architecture
  • VERITAS File System (VxFS) 4.1 GA
  • System has over 32GB memory

  Cause
 
On a RedHat Linux x86_64 system with over 32GB memory, insmod command does not honour the settings in modprobe's config file and hence stops responding when loading the module.

This issue is tracked via Symantec etrack incident e497595 which is fixed in VxFS 4.1 MP1 and above.


  Answer/Resolution
 
Workaround

Exit from package installation and manually update line number 44 in /etc/vx/vxfs-startup script from:

From:
  insmod ${MOD.EN_US} >/dev/null 2>&1  
to  
  insmod ${MOD.EN_US} vxfs_mbuf=3G vxfs_ninode=2097151 >/dev/null 2>&1

Restart the system after modifying the startup script.

 

Solution

Install VERITAS File System (VxFS) patch  4.1 MP1 or above.



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