mkfs.gfs2(8)                System Manager's Manual               mkfs.gfs2(8)

       mkfs.gfs2 - Make a GFS2 filesystem

       mkfs.gfs2 [OPTION]... DEVICE [ block-count ]

       mkfs.gfs2 is used to create a Global File System.

       -b BlockSize
              Set the filesystem block size to BlockSize (must be a power of
              two).  The minimum block size is 512.  The FS block size cannot
              exceed the machine's memory page size.  On the most
              architectures (i386, x86_64, s390, s390x), the memory page size
              is 4096 bytes.  On other architectures it may be bigger.  The
              default block size is 4096 bytes.  In general, GFS2 filesystems
              should not deviate from the default value.

       -c MegaBytes
              Initial size of each journal's quota change file

       -D     Enable debugging output.

       -h     Print  out  a  help  message  describing  available options,
              then exit.

       -J MegaBytes
              The size of the journals in Megabytes. The default journal size
              is 128 megabytes.  The minimum size is 8 megabytes.

       -j Number
              The number of journals for gfs2_mkfs to create.  You need at
              least one journal per machine that will mount the filesystem.
              If this option is not specified, one journal will be created.

       -K     Keep, do not attempt to discard blocks at mkfs time (discarding
              blocks initially is useful on solid state devices and  sparse  /
              thin-provisioned storage).

       -O     This option prevents gfs2_mkfs from asking for confirmation
              before writing the filesystem.

       -p LockProtoName
              LockProtoName is the name of the  locking  protocol to use.
              Acceptable locking protocols are lock_dlm (for shared storage)
              or if you are using GFS2 as a local filesystem (1 node only),
              you can specify the lock_nolock protocol.  If this option is not
              specified, lock_dlm protocol will be assumed.

       -q     Be quiet.  Don't print anything.

       -r MegaBytes
              gfs2_mkfs will try to make Resource Groups about this big.
              Minimum RG size is 32 MB.  Maximum RG size is 2048 MB.  A large
              RG size may increase performance on very large file systems.  If
              not specified, mkfs.gfs2 will choose the RG size based on the
              size of the file system: average size file systems will have 256
              MB RGs, and bigger file systems will have bigger RGs for better

       -t LockTableName
              The lock table field appropriate to the lock module you're
              using.  It is clustername:fsname.  Clustername must match that
              in cluster.conf; only members of this cluster are permitted to
              use this file system.  Fsname is a unique file system name used
              to distinguish this GFS2 file system from others created (1 to
              16 characters).  Lock_nolock doesn't use this field. Valid
              clusternames and fsnames may only contain alphanumeric
              characters, hyphens (-) and underscores (_).

       -u MegaBytes
              Initial size of each journal's unlinked tag file

       -V     Print program version information, then exit.

       [ block-count ]
              Make the file system this many blocks in size.  If not
              specified, the entire length of the specified device is used.

       gfs2_mkfs -t mycluster:mygfs2 -p lock_dlm -j 2 /dev/vg0/mygfs2
              This will make a Global File System on the block device
              "/dev/vg0/mygfs2".  It will belong to "mycluster" and register
              itself as wanting locking for "mygfs2".  It will use DLM for
              locking and make two journals.

       gfs2_mkfs -t mycluster:mygfs2 -p lock_nolock -j 3 /dev/vg0/mygfs2
              This will make a Global File System on the block device
              "/dev/vg0/mygfs2".  It will belong to "mycluster" and but have
              no cluster locking.  It will have three journals.