Introduction to mdadm

The mdadm package contains administration tools for software RAID.

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS-7.10 platform.

Package Information

User Notes:



Kernel versions in series 4.1 through 4.4.1 have a broken RAID implementation. Use a kernel with version at or above 4.4.2.

Kernel Configuration

Enable the following options in the kernel configuration and recompile the kernel, if necessary. Only the RAID types desired are required.

Device Drivers --->
  [*] Multiple devices driver support (RAID and LVM) ---> [CONFIG_MD]
    <*> RAID support                                      [CONFIG_BLK_DEV_MD]
    [*]   Autodetect RAID arrays during kernel boot       [CONFIG_MD_AUTODETECT]
    <*/M>  Linear (append) mode                           [CONFIG_MD_LINEAR]
    <*/M>  RAID-0 (striping) mode                         [CONFIG_MD_RAID0]
    <*/M>  RAID-1 (mirroring) mode                        [CONFIG_MD_RAID1]
    <*/M>  RAID-10 (mirrored striping) mode               [CONFIG_MD_RAID10]
    <*/M>  RAID-4/RAID-5/RAID-6 mode                      [CONFIG_MD_RAID456]

Installation of mdadm

Install mdadm by running the following commands:

sed -i 's/-Werror//' Makefile &&

If you wish to run the tests, ensure that your kernel supports RAID and that a version of mdadm is not already running. As many as 51 out of 123 tests may fail.

First fix the test script to avoid a bogus error message when tests fail and build the supporting programs:

sed -i 's# if.* == "1"#& -a -e $targetdir/log#' test &&
make test

Run the tests as the root user:

./test --keep-going --logdir=test-logs --save-logs

Now, as the root user:

make install

Command Explanations

make everything: This optional target creates extra programs, particularly a statically-linked version of mdadm and also versions of mdassemble. These all need to be manually installed.

--keep-going: Run the tests to the end, even if one or more tests fail.

--logdir=test-logs: Defines that the directory where test logs are saved.

--save-logs: Instructs the test suite to save the logs.

--tests=<test1,test2,...>: Optional comma separated list of tests to be executed (all tests, if this option is not passed).


Installed Programs: mdadm, mdmon and optionally mdassemble
Installed Libraries: None
Installed Directory: None

Short Descriptions


manages MD devices aka Linux Software RAID.


monitors MD external metadata arrays.


is a tiny program that can be used to assemble MD devices inside an initial ramdisk (initrd) or initramfs.

Last updated on 2016-08-29 13:02:18 -0500