The growpart command cannot grow a partition beyond 2TB in a system hosted in AWS Cloud

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Environment

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12

Situation

The system is hosted in the AWS Cloud.
A disk belonging to the system is already resized from 3 TB to 3.5 TB in Amazon EC2.
However, when the "growpart" command is used to grow the partition from the same disk in the system, the following error is seen.
For example:
  # growpart /dev/nvme1n1 1
  NOCHANGE: partition 1 could only be grown by -2147481600 [fudge=2048]

 

Resolution

Add the "sle-module-public-cloud" module extension to the system.
For example:
  SUSEConnect -p sle-module-public-cloud/12/x86_64

Update the "growpart" package to at least version "0.31-4.14.2".
For example:
  zypper update growpart

After the "growpart" package is updated, the partition can be resized beyond 2TB successfully.

Cause

The original "growpart" package version "0.30-4.5.1" has a bug which causes this issue.
  # zypper info growpart
  ...
  Information for package growpart:
  ---------------------------------
  Repository : @System
  Name : growpart
  Version : 0.30-4.5.1
  Arch : noarch
  Vendor : SUSE LLC <https://www.suse.com/>
  ...


The latest patch for the "growpart" package is not available in the default repositories.
So the "sle-module-public-cloud" module extension must be added in order to get the latest patch.

Status

Reported to Engineering

Additional Information

Similar issue can also happen to a system hosted in Azure Cloud.

Turn on the verbose flag (-v) for "growpart" command to see additional warning message to help identify this issue:
For example:
  # growpart -v /dev/nvme1n1 1
  ...
  WARN: disk is larger than 2TB. additional space will go unused.
  ...
  NOCHANGE: partition 1 could only be grown by -2147481600 [fudge=2048]

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  • Document ID:000020334
  • Creation Date: 15-Jul-2021
  • Modified Date:16-Jul-2021
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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