On Mon, 29 Sep 1997, Philippe Troin wrote:
> On Mon, 29 Sep 1997 23:32:21 PDT David Stern (email@example.com)
> > I'm having an irregular experience with mke2fs. I'm attempting to
> > format /dev/sda16 and message says:
> > > debian# mke2fs -v /dev/sda16
> > > mke2fs 1.10, 24-Apr-97 for EXT2 FS 0.5b, 95/08/09
> > > /dev/sda16 is entire device, not just one partition!
> > > Proceed anyway? (y,n)
> > But /dev/sda16 is just a 500MB partition, not an entire device:
> > [...]
> > I tried changing the beginning and ending cylinders, to no avail. Why
> > does mke2fs think /dev/sda16 is the entire drive?
> Because /dev/sda16 has major 8, minor 16, which is the major/minor
pair for /dev/sdb: look at 'ls -l /dev/sda16 /dev/sdb'. BTW, you have
created sda16 yourself didn't you :-)
> There is an infortunate 15 partition limit on PCs.
I think anyone who installed Debian 1.3 with the 1997-05-30 installation
floppies will have exactly the same devices. All mine do.
Now I feel guilty for complaining that Debian 1.2 only had sdx1 through 8
(which bit me badly).
[BTW I think you posted that "Because /dev ... didn't you :-)"
all on one line.]
David Wright, Open University, Earth Science Department, Milton Keynes MK7 6AA
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