Re: Problem installing Debian 1.3
Dale Scheetz <firstname.lastname@example.org> 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
> 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 <email@example.com>
The Boot Control home page: http://www.xs4all.nl/~gklein/bcpage.html
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