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Building Clustered Linux Systems by Robert W. Lucke

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Chapter 9. Round and Round It Goes: Booting, Disks, Partitioning, and Local File Systems

Chapter Objectives

  • Cover Linux boot loaders and the initial RAM disk image

  • Introduce Linux disk-partitioning processes

  • Discuss the configuration and use of software RAID devices

  • Introduce some popular Linux physical file systems

Disks and local file systems are an integral part of any Linux installation. The Linux boot and partition scheme is driven in part by BIOS concerns, and is central to all the systems in the cluster. Infrastructure servers in a cluster may use either hardware or software RAID devices to improve performance or availability. Once the underlying disk structures are in place, there are a number of file systems and tuning options from which to ...

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