Bug 6817 - does not reread BSD partitions
Summary: does not reread BSD partitions
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: util-linux
Version: 6.0
Hardware: alpha
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Erik Troan
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Reported: 1999-11-08 09:30 UTC by henrik.nordstrom
Modified: 2008-05-01 15:37 UTC (History)
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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2001-02-06 21:31:55 UTC

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Description henrik.nordstrom 1999-11-08 09:30:16 UTC
fdisk does not tell the kernel to reread the partition table
on changes to a BSD label (BSD labels is required by the
aboot loader).

As a work-around I use the attached program, or reboot the

int main(int argc, char **argv)
  int fd;

  fd = open(argv[1],O_RDONLY);
  errno = 0;
  return errno;

Comment 1 Cristian Gafton 2000-02-17 23:41:59 UTC
This is normal and expected behavior for a busy device - you can not invalidate

*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 8082 ***

Comment 2 henrik.nordstrom 2000-02-18 09:06:59 UTC
The device IS NOT BUSY!

fdisk does not even ask the kernel to reread the partition table when modifying
a BSD label.

Comment 3 henrik.nordstrom 2000-02-18 09:17:59 UTC
BSD labels are accessed by entering b at the fdisk main menu prompt, which
causes fdisk to switch mode to BSD labels instead of DOS labels.

The same problem is also available in the minlabel utility (specific utility
only for BSD labels).

Comment 4 henrik.nordstrom 2000-02-18 09:19:59 UTC
Forgot to mention the versions currently tested:

# rpm -q -f /sbin/fdisk /sbin/minlabel

Comment 5 Cristian Gafton 2000-05-22 15:57:59 UTC
assigned to jbj

Comment 6 Erik Troan 2001-02-06 21:31:51 UTC
This has been fixed in util-linux for quite a while.

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