RHEL8 File systems

Share this link

LUKS2

Overview

  • LUKS stands for Linux Unified Key Setup.
  • This is the standard way to encrypt disks on Linux.

New version

  • The LUKS version 2 (LUKS2) format replaces the legacy LUKS (LUKS1) format.
  • The dm-crypt subsystem and the cryptsetup tool now uses LUKS2 as the default format for encrypted volumes.
  • LUKS2 provides many improvements and features, for example, it extends the capabilities of the on-disk format and provides flexible ways of storing metadata.

Installer

  • The RHEL 8 installer now supports the LUKS2 disk encryption format.
  • It uses this format by default but you can select a LUKS version from Anaconda’s Custom Partitioning window or by using the new options in Kickstart’s autopart, logvol, part, and RAID commands.

XFS

Overview

  • XFS is the default file system since RHEL 7.

Support for shared copy-on-write data extents

  • This feature enables two or more files to share a common set of data blocks.
  • It is fast: creating shared copies does not utilize disk I/O.
  • It is space-efficient: shared blocks do not consume additional disk space.
  • It is transparent: files sharing common blocks act like regular files.
  • This allows efficient file cloning and per-file snapshots.
  • This feature is enabled by default when creating an XFS filesystem.
  • RHEL 7 servers can mount XFS file systems with shared copy-on-write data extends only in read-only mode.
  • To create an XFS file system without this feature:
    • # mkfs.xfs -m reflink=0 block-device

Increase of maximum XFS file system size

  • The maximum supported size of an XFS file system has been increased from 500 TiB to 1024 TiB.

EXT4

ext4 file system now supports metadata checksum

  • This enables the file system to recognize the corrupt metadata, which avoids damage and increases the file system resilience.

NVDIMM

Installing and booting from NVDIMM devices is now supported

  • Kernel improvements to support NVDIMM devices provide improved system performance capabilities and enhanced file system access for write-intensive applications like database or analytic workloads, as well as reduced CPU overhead.
  • New nvdimm Kickstart command allows unattended installation.

BOOM

The BOOM boot manager simplifies the process of creating boot entries

  • BOOM is a boot manager for Linux systems that use boot loaders supporting the BootLoader Specification for boot entry configuration. It enables flexible boot configuration and simplifies the creation of new or modified boot entries: for example, to boot snapshot images of the system created using LVM.
  • BOOM does not modify the existing boot loader configuration, and only inserts additional entries. The existing configuration is maintained, and any distribution integration, such as kernel installation and update scripts, continue to function as before.
  • BOOM has a simplified command-line interface (CLI) and API that ease the task of creating boot entries.
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (No Ratings Yet)
Loading...

Upcoming Events (Local Time)

  1. Jan
    31
    Fri

    1. 9:00 am - View Details
      CentOS: Dojo, Brussels, Belgium.

RHCSA7: Task of the day

Allowed time: 5 minutes.
Create a new user account called "bob" with password "redhat" and set expiration in one week.

RHCE7: Task of the day

Allowed time: 15 minutes.
Configure a httpd server with a password protected directory under the /var/www/html/private directory.

Follow me on Twitter

Poll for favorite RHEL 7 book

What is your favorite RHEL 7 book to prepare RHCSA & RHCE exams?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...

Poll for most difficult RHCSA 7 topic

What do you think is the most difficult RHCSA 7 topic?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...

Poll for most difficult RHCE 7 topic

What do you think is the most difficult RHCE 7 topic?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...