Bug 56638 - fdisk problem with cpqarray
Summary: fdisk problem with cpqarray
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: util-linux
Version: 7.2
Hardware: i386
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Elliot Lee
QA Contact: Ben Levenson
: 57892 (view as bug list)
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2001-11-23 02:14 UTC by Jose Celestino
Modified: 2007-04-18 16:38 UTC (History)
3 users (show)

Clone Of:
Last Closed: 2004-06-28 17:19:48 UTC

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Description Jose Celestino 2001-11-23 02:14:54 UTC
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Description of problem:
fdisk messes geometry of SmartArray2 logical drives. fdisk appear confuse
when working with Compaq SmartArray2 logical drives. It sees the drives as
1 cylinder drives, and when in the face of already parititioned disks it
sees the partitions borders mangled.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
Installing RedHat Linux on SmartArray2 drive.

Actual Results:  fdisk wouldn't see the drives geometry as expected.

Expected Results:  fdisk should have been able to partition the drives.

Additional info:

This happened (always) on:

Compaq Proliant DL580
2 Gb Ram
9 Gb UW3 10 k
-> 2 in raid 1
-> 1 in raid 0
2 Xeon 700Mhz
2 DualPort intel EtherExpressPor100

Comment 1 Nigel Rice 2001-12-11 09:42:47 UTC
the previous version of fdisk works fine with the compaq array

Comment 2 David Wilson 2002-01-01 23:46:31 UTC
*** Bug 57892 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***

Comment 3 David Wilson 2002-01-02 23:01:26 UTC
As I found in Bug 57892, this seems to be caused by use of HDIO_GETGEO_BIG 
ioctl which is not supported by all drivers. Building a fresh (non RedHat 
source) fdisk which uses HDIO_GETGEO instead works for me.

Comment 4 Elliot Lee 2002-01-04 20:58:31 UTC
Eventually HDIO_GETGEO_BIG usage will be removed, since it is unnecessary and
causes problems.

Comment 5 Elliot Lee 2002-01-29 21:42:40 UTC
I think the util-linux in rawhide should fix this - please give it a try (you
may need to recompile from .src.rpm)

Comment 6 Christian Jacobsen 2002-05-22 13:31:02 UTC
I am having the same problem on 3 of 8 Compaq ML370 with Onboard RAID 
What wonders me is that not all behave the same !?
The installation is the same on all of them. 

Christian Jacobsen

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