[lustre-discuss] Building RPMs for 2.5.3 on CentOS-7.2

Patrick Farrell paf at cray.com
Sun Jun 5 08:57:08 PDT 2016

Server-wise, if you do not want any of the new features in 2.6-2.8, then you are probably best served with sticking with 2.5 for the time being.  (There's some good stuff in there...  But there's also the chance of your workload hitting new bugs as well.)  There are no compatibility problems between 2.5 servers and 2.8 clients - Just features you don't get.

So, for clients, probably 2.8, since you can't use 2.5 with CentOS 7.2.  2.8 should be a bit better than 2.7 (and neither is seeing public post-release patching).

- Patrick
From: Jon Tegner <tegner at foi.se>
Sent: Sunday, June 5, 2016 10:01:25 AM
To: Patrick Farrell; lustre-discuss at lists.lustre.org
Subject: Re: [lustre-discuss] Building RPMs for 2.5.3 on CentOS-7.2

Thanks a lot!

Did found the "--disable-server" and that seemed to work (sort of),
however, had other issues when building the (client) rpms.

Do you have any general advice considering that we want CentOS-7.2 on
the clients? We have happily been using 2.5.3 for quite some time now
(6.5 on both servers and clients), and we would like to see similar
stability on our updated system (that is, with 7.2 on the clients). What
would be my best/safest bet under these circumstances?

I actually tried a client on 2.8.0 using our old servers (6.5/2.5.3) -
and initial (very limited) tests seemed to indicate that this was OK. Is
this something one should generally stay away from? Or would it be
better to use 2.8.0 on the servers also, if that is what is used on the

Thanks again,

On 06/05/2016 03:26 PM, Patrick Farrell wrote:
> Do you need the server code?  If not, you can do --disable-server (I think) and skip the kernel patching steps.  If no, you're out of luck - the public 2.5 code is not going to build against 7.2.
> In fact, you may have some issues even just building the client.  But those may be surmountable, I'd say the server issues are not.

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