Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 166858
Disk-Druid makes it impossible to optimise the disk partition layout
Last modified: 2007-11-30 17:11:12 EST
Description of problem: The disc layout/formatting utility is silly
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable): FC4
How reproducible: guaranteed
Steps to Reproduce: just try to organise a sensible disc layout
Actual results: randomly disposed partitions with the swap partition, in
particular, put in the worst possible place.
Expected results: The partitions placed in the actual order that they were
input. Usually, if you are configuring in `expert' mode, the human knows
better than any machine.
Additional info: If the disk-druid is going to be at all useful, it could do
worse (in fact it does) if it were to keep the partitions '/', swap and '/usr'
together in that order, regardless of any other partitions. Secondly, alien
partitions should be left where they are placed. Finally, why no xfs partitions
on a ppc?
The ordering is based on putting the biggest partition in the biggest freespace
and continuing to be able to optimize growing partitions. Doing otherwise leads
to incredibly non-obvious user interaction.
If you have a deep care of exactly how partitions are laid out, you can use
parted from tty2.