I'm trying to create a couple of 10 TB filesystems on a RHEL 4.8 file server. ext3 theoretically supports up to 16 TB, but I know there are some gotchas above 8 TB. All the docs I've seen suggest that I should just pass -F to mkfs.ext3, but when I do that, mkfs.ext3 segfaults.
I'm wondering about trying to download a newer version of e2fsprogs and just format it that way, but I worry about the gotchas (will I suddenly discover, months down the road, that the moment the machine starts to fill the partition it starts overwriting everything?)
I could move to RHEL 5, but that will put the file server on a different version of RHEL from all the other machines, and I'd like to avoid that if I can. But I have that in my back pocket if it's really necessary.
So I just wonder if there's an easy obvious reliable trick to format my disks.