Bug 56876 - fdisk fails to detect >16 partitions on IDE disk
fdisk fails to detect >16 partitions on IDE disk
Status: CLOSED DUPLICATE of bug 56244
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: anaconda (Show other bugs)
athlon Linux
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Assigned To: Brent Fox
Brock Organ
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Reported: 2001-11-29 07:58 EST by Martin N Dunstan
Modified: 2007-04-18 12:38 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2001-12-03 15:56:00 EST
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Description Martin N Dunstan 2001-11-29 07:58:53 EST
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Description of problem:
I had a 40Gb IDE disk with 18 partitions
(4 primary with one unused and 14 logical).
I used fdisk to delete partitions 7-11 so
that I could replace them with a single
partition. However, fdisk only showed 16
partitions and considered the last two to
be part of free space on the disk. Note
that this is only a problem with the fdisk
in the installer: /sbin/fdisk is fine.

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How reproducible:
Didn't try

Steps to Reproduce:
1.Partition your IDE disk so that it has
  at least 15 logical partitions.
2.Run the RH 7.2 installer and try fdisk
3.Print the partition table

Actual Results:  The extended partition /dev/hda3 was shown
to have the correct size but no partitions
above /dev/hda16 were known. When fdisks
writes the partition table to disk the
hda17 etc partitions are lost. 

Expected Results:  The installer fdisk ought to work exactly
like the /sbin/fdisk that gets installed.
That is, all partitions above hda16 ought
to be visible and mutable.

Additional info:

I've marked this high because unless you
take remedial action you could lose data
in the partitions that fdisk dropped. I
had to finish the install so that I could
use /sbin/fdisk to get the partitions back.
I could not use DiskDruid as I had to
specify the start/end of the partitions
using cylinders not Mb.
Comment 1 Michael Fulbright 2001-12-03 15:55:55 EST
Brent please reproduce - the fdisk in the installer is exactly the same as
/sbin/fdisk so this is odd.
Comment 2 Elliot Lee 2002-01-03 18:39:23 EST

*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 56244 ***

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