Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 12099
RFE: Support more than 16 partitions/drive
Last modified: 2007-03-26 23:32:06 EDT
During install, I get "no free resources" on trying to partition the disk.
I found on Deja.com the following article:
After some experimentation with fdisk, I've found that if you
define partitions to the point that there's greater than 16,
i.e. define /dev/hda17, that Red Hat 6.2 chokes and dies on the
install. On the step between fdisk and disk druid, it fails
with the message: An error occurred reading the partition table
for the block device hda. The error was: No free resources. I
lined up a small (8G) disk to test this, so that there wouldn't
be any above the line (1024 cyl) problems. I don't think this
is a general linux problem, just confined to Red Hat, but I'll
have to do some further testing to confirm that.
I did indeed have 18 partitions on my disk. I deleted the last few and the
It looks like 16 is a boundry condition in the install code somewhere.
HOW TO REPRODUCE
partition a disk (I used a 7G Maxtor) with more than 16 partitions
(Mine had 18).
boot from install CD
use text mode install
at the point where the installer tries to partition the disk, the error
note: this was not tested under graphical install.
This is a known limitation of the 6.2 installer, and increasing the limit
for IDE devices is under consideration.
Brock is this limit still a problem in Pinstripe?
*** Bug 18265 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
*** Bug 54853 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
*** Bug 57167 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
*** Bug 57828 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Deferred to future release.
when the next release (after the current beta) comes out I'll test this. you
can be sure I'll open a new bug report if it's not fixed. I've seen (with other
vendors) bugs marked as "next release" and then forgotten about.
Fixing bug status- sorry for the email.
Phoebe can create 40 partitions during GUI install.
I started with an empty hard drive.
There were problems at boot-up though :
- /dec/hdxnn exists only up to partition 32, I created the rest ( up to 63 )
manually and then all worked
- note : current fdisk ( util-linux-2.11w-2 ) can handle only 16 partitions
per (IDE?) disk, use something else for partitioning ( maybe parted )
Changed to 'CLOSED' state since 'RESOLVED' has been deprecated.