[DRBD-user] DRBD Versions

Dan Barker dbarker at visioncomm.net
Wed Oct 24 14:52:21 CEST 2012

Note: "permalinks" may not be as permanent as we would like,
direct links of old sources may well be a few messages off.

I don't understand the hubbub over compiling this thing. My first DRBD was
on Linux from scratch, a distribution where everything is done by hand, so
there was no package manager availaable. I found the install quite simple.
My most recent upgrade consisted of these easy steps, and took about 2
minutes. Selecting the kernel parameters for your environment (step 5) might
take a little more time, but not counting backups, I'd say 10 minutes ought
to do it.

There are some prereqs, but they are probably on your system already: make
gcc libc6 flex linux-headers-`uname -r` libc6-dev libssl-dev.

1. cd /usr/src/
2. wget http://oss.linbit.com/drbd/8.4/drbd-8.4.2.tar.gz
3. tar -xzf drbd-8.4.2.tar.gz
4. cd drbd-8.4.2/
5. ./configure --with-km --prefix /usr --sysconfdir /etc --localstatedir
6. make clean all
7. make install      

I hope seeing it laid out in all its simplicity encourages you to give it a
try. Heck, fire up a virtual machine or two and experiment. That's the fun
part of our jobs anyhow.


-----Original Message-----
From: drbd-user-bounces at lists.linbit.com
[mailto:drbd-user-bounces at lists.linbit.com] On Behalf Of Adam Goryachev
Sent: Tuesday, October 23, 2012 6:51 PM
To: drbd-user at lists.linbit.com
Subject: [DRBD-user] DRBD Versions


I've been using DRBD on a couple of systems for a while, and have just used
the version that came with my distro (debian stable (squeeze)) since I
really don't like to maintain compiling and installing from source, and
managing (remembering) to upgrade, recompile, etc each time there is a new

However, more and more, it would seem that my current 8.3.7 (debian package
2:8.3.7-2.1) is probably missing a lot of bug fixes, but on checking, debian
testing only has 8.3.13, and even debian unstable has only 8.3.13.

So the question is, should I just bite the bullet and install DRBD from

I notice from http://www.drbd.org/download/packages/ that DRBD is integrated
into the vanilla kernel 2.6.33 or newer.
If I upgrade my debian stable kernel (2.6.32) to a newer version (either
debian testing or debian-backports) 3.2 based kernel, can I then just
download, compile, and install the latest 8.4.x version of DRBD?

Thank you for your suggestions/comments


Adam Goryachev
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