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Re: debian-installer: disk partitioner

On Tue, Jan 09, 2001 at 08:21:24PM -0800, David Whedon wrote:
> I've started to look into doing the disk partitioner. 
> Looking through the boot archives it looks like Eray indicated some interest, I
> don't want to step on toes, Eray, let me know if you are still working on it, we
> can work together, o ryou can have it, just let me know, I want it soon.

I haven't been able to do concrete work yet. But I'm still interested in it,
so we can work together.

> I've also seen conflicting info on how it should probably be done.  I've seen
> libparted and libfdisk suggested, I'm not sure that people came to a conclusion
> as to which one to go with.

Yes, that's true. I suggest let's not hurry it too much. What about first
looking into the design part of things to set up which one we should be using?

I will do the homework, looking at the libs and then let's go on with what
exactly the features will be. Then we can code it.

> Anyway, I'm working on it now.

Another thing that might be slowing me down is that I still don't have a
debian account and I probably won't be able to commit stuff directly.

Anyway, I can always send you the patches and you can commit them, but
the more important part is the design.

Topics in addition to choosing the library for part. functionality:

 - partition resizing
 - selecting /home, /var, etc
 - partition templates
 - unattended install (implies disk size/block size detection, etc)
 - interface with formatter (or should that be in the partitioner?)

And probably other things that I cannot think of now.

I think we can do the design rather quickly, and meanwhile I'll be setting
up a test system at home so we can test it well; it'll have a spare


Eray (exa) Ozkural
Comp. Sci. Dept., Bilkent University, Ankara
e-mail: erayo@cs.bilkent.edu.tr
www: http://www.cs.bilkent.edu.tr/~erayo

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