Bug 933 - Disk Druid will not create more than one primary partition
Disk Druid will not create more than one primary partition
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: 1999-01-23 16:33 EST by Adam Thompson
Modified: 2008-05-01 11:37 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 1999-02-05 18:57:11 EST
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Description Adam Thompson 1999-01-23 16:33:39 EST
Disk Druid cannot (so far as I can tell) be forced to
create PRIMARY partitions.  The first partition on the
drive becomes /dev/hda1, but hda2,hda3,hda4 are always
skipped.  The next partition is always hda5, which is some
bizarre MSDOS-extended-partition-like scheme.

This is confusing for long-time users of Linux, but can be
REALLY bad in a system that dual-boots between RH5.2 and
some other Linux system.

Additionally, Partition Magic seems to get confused by
this scheme.  (Although -- Partition Magic seems confused
in general, by this computer :-).

I realize that this is more "flexible" for people who don't
fully understand partitioning, or who don't have experience
reformatting hard disks :-)  but for such an otherwise
pretty installer, I'd like to be able to get rid of fdisk.
However, I like primary partitions.  Period.
Comment 1 David Lawrence 1999-02-05 18:57:59 EST
Thanky you for your suggestion. It will be considered for the next
release of Red Hat Linux. Until then we have left fdisk available for
people who want more flexibility on how they want their partitions
setup. Disk druid attempts to hide the specifics from the general
user. It is causing problems with other partitioning utilities which
does not happen with fdisk then we of course would like to know abou
that.

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