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Re: Problem installing Debian 1.3

On 8 Dec 1997, Sten Anderson wrote:

> > 
> > That's the problem-------------------------------------^^^^^^^^^
> > 
> > When You install debian (or most other distributions), you must remove these 
> > pseudo-partitions as only DOS understands them. 
> Are you saying that linux can't handle logical partitions? I am
> currently running linux on logical partitions, so I gues I have proven
> you wrong.
While I can see how you got that impression (It looked that way to me as
well), I believe what he is refering to is the difference between using
DOS fdisk and Linux fdisk (or cfdisk). Logical partitions created with DOS
fdisk are completely unusable by Linux, and often will result in cfdisk
reporting a broke partition table. Using the original DOS tool to remove
these partitions and replacing them using the Linux tool will usually
recover the problem.

Linux, in general, and Debian, specifically, run quite nicely from a
logical partition. This e-mail was sent from a system runing on a logical
partition, so I know that part is true. I have had reports from others who
have thought they were "getting ahead of the game" by creating their
partitions in DOS before beginning the Debian install, and were disturbed
to find that Debian didn't think there were any partitions available, or
worse yet that their partition table was broken. Removing them with the
DOS tool has always fixed this problem in the past.


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