[CentOS-devel] Disk size on Vagrant image

Jeff Sheltren jeff at tag1consulting.com
Tue Sep 12 18:51:20 UTC 2017

Hi Laurentiu, have you had a chance to look at the xfs issue around

On Sat, Aug 26, 2017 at 12:18 AM, Laurentiu Pancescu <
lpancescu at centosproject.org> wrote:

> 2) Is there a strong reason to use xfs instead of ext4 on the Vagrant VMs?
> "Strong" is somewhat subjective, but XFS is the default filesystem in
> CentOS and some people ran out of inodes with our ext4 Vagrant images,
> without running out of space.  I wanted to go back to ext4 (with a small
> bytes-per-inode parameter) and get rid of the swap partition, like Fedora
> Cloud, but there was quite enthusiastic opposition in #centos-devel to
> moving away from XFS.
Anyone reading this thread opposed to using ext4 on the Vagrant images and
care to share your concerns? From my perspective, the entire purpose of
Vagrant is to provide a (reproducible) development environment for
application developers that shouldn't be concerned with the filesystem in
use outside of some edge cases. If ext4 gives an easier way to shrink the
image size, and it sounds like it does, why not use that by default here?

> 3) It seems you could shrink down the install size by adjusting the
>> kickstart. Doing i.e. '%packages --nobase', and also removing '@core' and
>> instead adding just the individual desired packages to the list should
>> help
>> reduce the size (and the need to remove stuff after install).
> I know, but...  Our official images are quite popular and users seem to
> prefer an experience close to what you'd get by installing CentOS yourself,
> so we tend to err on the side of not changing things and not straying too
> far away from users' expectations.  We're still using an IDE controller for
> the VirtualBox images, even though the VirtualBox docs recommend using SATA
> or SCSI for performance reasons, again due to vocal opposition to changing
> the (bad) defaults - mostly from Marcin.
Is it possible and worth creating a "7-minimal" vagrant image in addition
to the default one currently built? For my needs, minimal (with a larger
partition!) would be perfect because I just want a small, standard CentOS
image that can then be configured with whatever config management system to
prep it for development.

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