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Re: Problem booting debian on HP rx4610 itanium

On Mon, Nov 26, 2001 at 12:16:18PM -0700, Bdale Garbee wrote:
> roel_teuwen@non.hp.com (TEUWEN,ROEL Non-HP-Belgium,ex1) writes:
> > Any ideas (when/if) the GPT scheme will be supported under Debian ?
> If you mean when the installer might gracefully support using them, that's 
> not yet clear, but probably not until after Debian 3.0 (woody), since woody
> feature freeze is almost upon us, and changes of that magnitude would 
> probably not be appreciated in the installation toolset right now.

The other issue with GPT is disks with odd numbers of sectors.
parted has code to do a special ioctl to get at the last sector,
but that ioctl is not part of the standard kernel.  So if you
have an odd number of sectors parted with throw up an error.
The ioctl is considered an ugly incorrect solution, and something
better should be available in 2.5 kernels.  That said, I've three
different sizes of disk on my ia64 boxes, and they all have an even
number of sectors - I've no idea how common odd numbers of sectors


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