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Re: Problem installing Debian 1.3

Dale Scheetz <dwarf@polaris.net> wrote:

 > Logical partitions created with DOS
 > fdisk are completely unusable by Linux, and often will result in cfdisk
 > reporting a broke partition table.

  In general, it is wise to assume human error or misunderstanding when
problems with partition tables appear.  I've _always_ used DOS fdisk
to create _all_ of my partitions [*], and have never encountered any
problems.  This includes many extended partitions, that were perfectly
visible by Linux. Personally, I'd sooner distrust cfdisk than DOS
fdisk anyway.

 > 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.

  I've done that many times, and never had any problem.  I'd like to see
a partition table, created with DOS fdisk, with these 'problems'.


[*] Since DOS fdisk has severely limited capabilities, I used to have it
create a DOS partition, and then change (with a disk editor) the type to
whatever I wanted it to be.

Gertjan Klein <gklein@xs4all.nl>
The Boot Control home page: http://www.xs4all.nl/~gklein/bcpage.html

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