Bug#570410: partman-base: Please default to GB
On Thursday 18 February 2010, maximilian attems wrote:
> if one partitions and neglects to add a suffix partman falls back
> to use megabytes. noticed on a goofed installed where debootstrap
> failed due to full disk. better default to gigabytes these days.
One reason to stay with MB could be that fdisk uses MB by default.
Another, more important reason is that IIRC we always display the suggested
size with a MB suffix, which makes it logical that that's also the default
units if no suffix is entered. If we make this change we should also
consider changing the default display unit to GB.
Main disadvantage of that is that we will either lose precision in the
displayed MINSIZE and MAXSIZE for the partition, or we'll have to use
variable units for that depending on the size of the partition, or we'll
have to display more decimals.
Also, the patch by itself is not enough. We will also need to change
Currently does not mention the default units (which may have contributed
to the error). IMO that should be added.
That template _does_ mention the default unit.
There may also be other templates that need changing, for example for
LV size. I did not do a full scan!
All in all, not a change to make lightly.
As an alternative to the proposed patch we could simply mention the default
units in the partman-partitioning/new_size dialog.