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Bug#142481: boot-floppies: tries to mount partition as XFS even after reinitialisation

On Sat, Apr 13, 2002 at 02:19:43PM +0200, Eduard Bloch wrote:
> #include <hallo.h>
> Michael Stone wrote on Fri Apr 12, 2002 um 07:14:13AM:
> > On Fri, Apr 12, 2002 at 01:08:02AM +0200, Eduard Bloch wrote:
> > > See subject. mke2fs and mkreiserfs do not touch the first 100 bytes of
> > > the partition, but exactly this area (first 4 chars) is used to detect
> > > the XFS filesystem. 
> > 
> > Yes. Unfortunately XFS is the only (AFAIK) linux filesystem that doesn't
> > support a boot sector at the front of the partition. (For compatability
> > with IRIX, which has a sensible boot loader.)
> Do we have a FAQ for typical installation problems? Probably we should
> add a part like:
> Q: I formated my old XFS partition as Reiserfs (or Ext2/3), but the
> installer refuses to mount it, why?
> A: Go to the second console and remove rests of XFS manually:
> Alt-F2
> Enter
> echo "    " > /dev/my_partition

Rather than burden the user, could we fix the file system
detection code to distinguish XFS partitions accurately?


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