Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 87782
Confusing reference to vFAT
Last modified: 2014-08-04 18:23:43 EDT
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Description of problem:
In Appendix G, the second note discusses proper formatting of Windows 2000/XP
partitions so they can be read properly by Red Hat Linux. It references the
partition type as "VFAT," which, although well-known to Linux aficionados, is
not a term used during Windows installation. This term should be changed in the
manual to "FAT32," and a note made about its relation to the Linux vfat fstype,
to prevent confusion.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Attach newbie to manual.
2. Direct to Appendix G.
Actual Results: Observed furrowed brow. :-)
Expected Results: True enlightenment should be achieved.
It should be noted that "FAT" might be a better term to use, since Windows NT
4.0 does not support FAT32. Certainly the manual shouldn't get into a
dissertation on FAT, but "VFAT" might make beginners think they are missing
The glossary might be an additional place to put this information, but probably
not helpful to first-time installers who are not used to dependencies in
Thanks, this will be fixed in the next version of Red Hat Linux.
Thanks again for the feedback.