Unable to mkfs.ext4 a 64T Drobo 5DS consumer raid device. Formatted easily on MX Linux.

Bug #1863396 reported by Brett Nelson on 2020-02-15

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util-linux (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

I'm also having trouble getting it to recognize some other standard USB external drives.

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 19.10
Package: util-linux 2.34-0.1ubuntu2.2
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 5.3.0-29.31-generic 5.3.13
Uname: Linux 5.3.0-29-generic x86_64
ApportVersion: 2.20.11-0ubuntu8.2
Architecture: amd64
CurrentDesktop: ubuntu:GNOME
Date: Fri Feb 14 19:21:55 2020
InstallationDate: Installed on 2020-01-17 (28 days ago)
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 19.10 "Eoan Ermine" - Release amd64 (20191017)
 PATH=(custom, no user)
SourcePackage: util-linux
UpgradeStatus: No upgrade log present (probably fresh install)

Brett Nelson (blizzardville) wrote :

Hi Brett,

It seems this bug should be targeted to the 'e2fsprogs' package instead of 'util-linux' as the problem happens with 'mkfs.ext4' command?

$ dpkg -S $(which mkfs.ext4)
e2fsprogs: /sbin/mkfs.ext4

Please provide the output of the mkfs.ext4 command you're running with the additional '-v' option (for verbosity.)

For example,

$ sudo mkfs.ext4 -v OTHER_OPTIONS /dev/DEVICE


Changed in util-linux (Ubuntu):
status: New → Incomplete

And after you plug the unrecognized standard USB external drives, can you please collect and upload a sosreport file? (the tool tells you the filename it generates.)

$ sudo sosreport --all-logs --batch --case-id 1863396

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