Bug 80323

Summary: RFE: Please re-add manual fdisk support
Product: [Retired] Red Hat Public Beta Reporter: Bernd Bartmann <bernd.bartmann>
Component: anacondaAssignee: Michael Fulbright <msf>
Status: CLOSED WONTFIX QA Contact: Mike McLean <mikem>
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Description Bernd Bartmann 2002-12-24 13:24:40 UTC
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Description of problem:
Why was manual fdisk support removed? Please re-add this option!

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How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Try to manually use fdisk in anaconda.

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Comment 1 Jeremy Katz 2002-12-24 19:12:41 UTC
fdisk is not at all a very user-friendly application and people get into it not
knowing what they're doing.  Users who know how to use fdisk are also capable of
switching vts and doing their partitioning with fdisk that way.

Comment 2 Warren Togami 2002-12-24 20:52:28 UTC
Could it be in only "expert" mode but not standard install?

Comment 3 Nathan G. Grennan 2002-12-25 02:11:50 UTC
I think it was a poor choice to remove, especially completely. Currently because
of another bug with keyboard input I can't even change vts.

Comment 4 James Ralston 2003-01-28 00:49:25 UTC
I can see how keeping inexperienced users away from fdisk would be a Good Thing.

But I agree with Warren, in that I think it would be reasonable to have fdisk
appear as an option in expert mode.  (Heck, the splash screen doesn't even
mention expert mode anymore, so there shouldn't be any reasonable way for
novices to get into expert mode in the first place.)

If Red Hat is adamant that fdisk will not be shown as an option in the installer
(even in expert mode), then please make sure the final release notes mention
*why* fdisk was removed.  Otherwise, expert users (the ones who know to switch
VTs and run it by hand) won't know whether it was removed to keep it away from
inexperienced users, or whether it was removed because it's buggy and shouldn't
be used.

(I didn't use fdisk during my install, precisely because I didn't know *why* it
had been removed as an option in the installer.)