On Thu, 2 Oct 1997, David Wright wrote:
> On Wed, 1 Oct 1997, David Stern wrote:
> [..Deleted stuff for brevity..]
> > Are you merely a stickler for detail, or does it concern you that
> > devices exist which have little (if any) practical use and are
> > potentially problematic?
> Yes, I'm afraid I'm a stickler for detail. It looks like the (old, if
> that's what you used; it's certainly what I used) installation disks are
> broken if they have /dev/sda16 on them. If /you/ had created /device/, then
> the problem might have only been present on your system. That's what I
> understood Philippe to be implying with "BTW, you have created sda16
> yourself didn't you :-)".
I thought of both devices and partitions, neither seemed to fit at the
moment (late at night) and it seemed superfluous, so I chose the simpler
(partitions), just as a default. <shrug>
I used a 2-3 week old LSL official debian 1.3.1 cdrom.
So, I suppose that creating 16 scsi devices was merely an oversight, and
likewise that creating 20 ide devices was roughly the same, thus devices
16-20 serve no practical purpose (unless obfuscation counts), correct?
> > A distantly related question (and equally important, hehe) is why those
> > plus signs show up in fdisk -l if the partition ends on an even numbered
> > cylinder.
> > /dev/sdb11 151 151 218 546178+ 83 Linux native
> > ^ right there! :-)
> I can't see a reference to + in man fdisk, but there's a reference there to
> fuller documentation which I haven't looked up.
Here's the elusive answer from /usr/doc/util-linux/README.fdisk.gz :
The `+' after the sizes warns that these partitions contain an odd
number of sectors: Linux normally allocates filespace in 1 kilobyte
blocks. (I cut out some references which were impertinent.)
Now that I know, what specifically is the danger of allocating filespace
in blocks which do not equal 1 kilobyte and how seriously should this
warning be taken?
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