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Bug#246998: Beta 4: Partition percentage problem

Package: installation-reports

Debian-installer-version: beta 4 with base from
uname -a: N/A
Date: 2 May 2004 16:00
Method: Boot from CD-ROM

Machine: VMWare 4.0.5 on Windows 2000
Processor: AMD 2000+
Memory: 192 MB in VMWare
Root Device: SCSI (Default VMWare setup, 4 GB)
Root Size/partition table: N/A
Output of lspci: N/A

Base System Installation Checklist:

Initial boot worked:    [O]
Configure network HW:   [O]
Config network:         [O]
Detect CD:              [O]
Load installer modules: [O]
Detect hard drives:     [O]
Partition hard drives:  [E]
Create file systems:    [O]
Mount partitions:       [O]
Install base system:    [O]
Install boot loader:    [O]
Reboot:                 [O]
[O] = OK, [E] = Error (please elaborate below), [ ] = didn't try it


First of all, the changed to the partitioner are great. I like the guided
partitioning (and the fact that it is also a menu item in the main
partition dialog), the help message, the partition options (a lot of
filesystems and mount options!) and the way you implemented the 'max'
keyword and percentages!

However, the percentages don't seem to function entirly as intended. Here
are the steps to reproduce the problem:

At partitioning method I select "Erase entire disk..." then "All files in
one partition...". I select the SWAP partition, select size and enter
"20%". The installer creates a partition of size 8.1 MB (which I suspect
is the mininum partition size allowed) instead of creating a partition of
20%. Repeating these steps with 20% or other percentages always results in
a partition of size 8.1 MB. However the keyword 'max' _does_ have the
expected result.

Same thing happens when starting with an empty partition table adding a
partition of say 1.0 GB and then resizing it to 75%.

BTW it is not entirely clear if 20% creates a partition of 20% of the
total disc space or 20% of the free disc space.

Also it would be nice if the size dialog when creating a new partition is
the same dialog as when resizing a partition, so allowing entering things
like '20%' and 'max'.

Again you are doing great work on the partitioner.

Laurens Blankers

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