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Bug#211623: partitioner: SRM-aware selection script needed for Alpha



On Fri, Sep 19, 2003 at 05:12:54PM +0200, Sven Luther wrote:
> On Fri, Sep 19, 2003 at 10:08:28AM -0500, Steve Langasek wrote:
> > On Fri, Sep 19, 2003 at 02:47:04PM +0200, Sven Luther wrote:
> > > On Thu, Sep 18, 2003 at 09:40:51PM -0500, Steve Langasek wrote:
> > > > Package: partitioner
> > > > Version: 0.07
> > > > Tags: d-i patch

> > > > Partitioning on most alphas can only be done with fdisk, not cfdisk,
> > > > because cfdisk lacks BSD disklabel support (bug #211556).  The attached
> > > > patch is a first try at a script for partitioner to use when we're
> > > > installing on an alpha.  SRM magic patterned after the srm-reader udeb,
> > > > and has not yet been tested.

> > > Would parted also work ? Not as per see, since parted is not really user
> > > friendly, but when using a (graphical) libparted frontend ?

> > Anything that understands BSD disklabels and is assailable by the user
> > is fine.  Today, that means fdisk.  When something better becomes 
> > available (I've also filed a wishlist requesting BSD disklabel support
> > from cfdisk), the script can be changed.

> Parted should work also. In i took the disk_bsd.c file as an example
> when writing the amiga partitioning support in libparted. Could you
> perhaps test parted 1.6.6 and confirm this to us, as i don't have the
> hardware for it.

A quick test with parted shows that it does understand an existing BSD
disklabel.  Quickly glancing through the options didn't show me a way to
initialize a disklabel on a fresh disk, though?

-- 
Steve Langasek
postmodern programmer

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