Enabling large file support dynamically with VxFS

I recently encountered a VxFS file system that didn’t support largefiles. This issue was causing one of our Oracle databases to complain, which was preventing us from using datafiles optimized for our application access patterns. Since the file system was a Veritas File System (VxFS), I was able to fix this problem with the fsadm utility:

$ /usr/lib/fs/vxfs/fsadm -F vxfs -o largefiles /u01

$ mount -p | grep u01
/dev/vx/dsk/oradg/oravol01 – /u01 vxfs – no rw,suid,delaylog,largefiles,ioerror=mwdisable

This operation can be run against mounted live file systems, which is great for production environments.

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