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# create a new /etc/grub2.cfg file: <code>grub2-mkconfig > /etc/grub2.cfg</code>
# create a new /etc/grub2.cfg file: <code>grub2-mkconfig > /etc/grub2.cfg</code>
# rename your current initramfs (again): <code>mv /boot/initramfs...img /boot/initramfs...img.sav</code>
# rename your current initramfs (again): <code>mv /boot/initramfs...img /boot/initramfs...img.sav</code>
# build a new initramfs with //only//the needed drivers included: <code>dracut</code>
# build a new initramfs with <i>only</i> the needed drivers included: <code>dracut</code>
Now  your system should be ready!
Now  your system should be ready!
# reboot your system to see if it boots OK.
# reboot your system to see if it boots OK.

Revision as of 07:42, 12 October 2013


This page describes a test case for bcache-tools, Bcache is a Linux kernel block layer cache. It allows one or more fast disk drives such as flash-based solid state drives (SSDs) to act as a cache for one or more slower hard disk drives. The bcache-tools package contains the utilities for manipulating bcache

Testing covers not only bcache-tools but also the interaction between bcache-tools and other packages: kernel, util-linux and dracut.

Starting with a stable F20 system with /home on LVM on bcache, we can go forward and have / on bcache. Consider thought that bcache is EXPERIMENTAL!


This test requires the following test case as preparation: /home on bcache (no LVM)

The prerequisites for running the bcache-tools testcases can be found on this page


To get / on bcache we'll stop using /home on bcache first:

  1. Open terminal
  2. Switch to root user: su -
  3. if needed make a backup of /home on your root filesystem.
  4. comment /home out in your /etc/fstab
  5. unmount /home: umount /home
  6. if applicable restore your bachup to the /home directory

How to test

Now your /home is in your root filesystem. Next:

  1. create a new filesystem on /dev/bcache0: mkfs -t ext4 -L ROOTFS /dev/bcache0
  2. mount it: mount /dev/bcache0 /mnt
  3. copy your current root filesystem to /mnt: cp -ax / /mnt
  4. edit /mnt/etc/fstab so your root fs is mounted like: LABEL=ROOTFS / ext4 defaults 1 1

Now we have a duplicate root filesystem on /dev/bcache0. To use it we need to build a new initramfs:

  1. rename your current initramfs: mv /boot/initramfs...img /boot/initramfs...img.sav
  2. build a new initramfs with all drivers (including bcache) included: dracut -N

Now reboot your system.

  1. while booting edit the default grub entry and replace the root=UUID=... parameter in the "linux" line by: root=LABEL=ROOTFS
  2. boot your system.

If all goes well, your system now boots fine and it's running on bcache! Now we have to do some final housekeeping:

  1. create a new /etc/grub2.cfg file: grub2-mkconfig > /etc/grub2.cfg
  2. rename your current initramfs (again): mv /boot/initramfs...img /boot/initramfs...img.sav
  3. build a new initramfs with only the needed drivers included: dracut

Now your system should be ready!

  1. reboot your system to see if it boots OK.
  2. do some other testing if you like.

Expected Results

  1. All steps complete without errors