Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 97434
swap space section incorrectly suggests disk cannot be i use
Last modified: 2007-04-18 12:54:50 EDT
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Description of problem:
Section 2.2, to add a swap partition, docs read,
"1. The hard drive cannot be in use ...". Not technically
true -- you can add a new partition on an active drive,
and format it as swap, although you *may* have to reboot to get the
new partition table enabled.
That section seems to strongly suggest that the hard
drive can't currently be used *at all*, which isn't
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. read the docs :-)
While it may work if the hard drive is not in use, the partition table should
not be modified while in use because the kernel may not properly recognize the
changes and because you could overwrite data by writing to a partition that
doesn't match with what you expect on disk.
I'll add the reasons why the hard drive can not be in use to the next revision.