Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 82887
why has fdisk option been removed?!
Last modified: 2007-04-18 12:50:24 EDT
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Description of problem:
In 8.0.92 and earlier, I had the option to accept a simple partion scheme
(/boot, swap, and /), to manually partition with Disk Druid, or to manually
partition with fdisk. Now, in 8.0.93, the fdisk option is gone!
For anything but a throw-away install, I first partition with fdisk, then assign
mount points in Disk Druid. The main reason is that I like to use logical
drives in an extended partition for everything but /boot. For example:
hda6: physical volume
hda7: physical volume
While it may seem picky to want a particular partition layout, I have a strong
preference for putting swap before other partitions, as that puts it on the
outer tracks, improving access and transfer times. With fdisk, this is easy to
accomplish. With Disk Druid, I have to monkey around until it's approximately
right. This is hard enough for single-disk installs; I imagine it's worse for
I don't care if you call fdisk "for experts," or hide it in the custom install,
so long as I can write the partition table, go back, and continue with Disk Druid.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Start a graphical install of Red Hat Linux 8.0.93
2. Select a clean install (I tried work station and custom)
3. Continue until you reach the partition choices
Actual Results: I see two options: automatically partition, or manually
partition with Disk Druid.
Expected Results: There should be a third option, to manually partition with fdisk.
fdisk was gone in the first phoebe. It will not be coming back. Users who know
how to use fdisk and want to can do so from tty2.