Bug 715 - 8Gb+ disks cause disk druid to crash
8Gb+ disks cause disk druid to crash
Status: CLOSED CURRENTRELEASE
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: installer (Show other bugs)
5.2
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: David Lawrence
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Reported: 1999-01-06 13:26 EST by mcr
Modified: 2008-05-01 11:37 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 1999-06-28 17:57:17 EDT
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Description mcr 1999-01-06 13:26:42 EST
Linux seems to probe the translated geometry of 1024/63/255
rather than the actual BIOS geometry of 19516/16/64 (which
is also the physical geometry) or the official translated
geometry of 1244/63/255. I use fdisk's extended commands to
set the number of cylinders to 1244 and partition as normal.
However, disk druid is invoked afterward to set the mount
points, and it then crashes when is discovers that there is
-1934Mb of available disk space.
As a workaround, I have created my last partition as a
primary partition rather than a logical partition, and have
left its end point as 1024. I will extend it later after
boot time.
Comment 1 David Lawrence 1999-01-07 15:28:59 EST
We will be getting some large disks into the test lab very soon. I
will reopen this bug at that time and try to replicate the problem.
Comment 2 David Lawrence 1999-06-28 17:57:59 EDT
This problem no longer occurs with 6.0 on machines with large drives
in our test lab. Please upgrade.

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