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Re: fdisk

On Mon, Jul 15, 2002 at 07:19:33AM +0200, Guillem Jover wrote:
> Oh yes, just seen the src, and it is obviously using the Hurd
> interfaces directly and not std unix file ops... :>

cool, didn't know that.

> Emm, works, but only with devices|files with size < 32 bits,
> if someone is interested regardless of this limitation i can
> include it. But given that parted is working fine (excluding
> geometry and partition re-read), then not including *fdisk
> maybe is better (less troubles ?).

a while ago I asked the debootstrap people to use parted for
GNU/Hurd instead of fdisk because we don't have fdisk or
util-linux at all. But for what you say fdisk is not usable
enough to have it as the default partition editor, so they
will just stay with parted.

personaly I wouldn't bother much, i don't think anyone would
want to adapt fdisk for using Hurd interfaces like parted does.

James suggested to write an fdisk frontend to parted, what do
you think? if i get some time i'd like to take on that. 

as said about the util-linux package, it's very unportable and
a pain for us. The GNU/*BSD people are using a util-netbsd
package for them with their specific stuff. IMHO the best way is
to split the portable code from util-linux into a common package
and build a separate one a la 'util-gnu' to have our replacements.


Robert Millan

"5 years from now everyone will be running
free GNU on their 200 MIPS, 64M SPARCstation-5"

              Andrew S. Tanenbaum, 30 Jan 1992

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