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Request for enhancement [Re: Question about /etc/fstab in Squeeze]

On Dec 19, 2010, at 8:09 AM, Stephen Powell wrote:

Caution: reformatting a swap partition with mkswap will change the
uuid unless the existing one is explicitly re-specified during formatting.

Which raises a question that has been on my mind for a while...

The Debian Installer insists on reformatting any swap partitions it finds, even though that partition, specified by UUID, is probably in use in the /etc/fstab for some other instantiation of Linux -- thus breaking the other Linux, leaving it without a usable swap partition.

Would it be possible to either:

1) have the option (default) of *not* reformatting a swap partition
2) if reformatting is necessary or desired, have the option (default) of preserving the UUID.
3) using "LABEL=" instead of "UUID=" in fstab for swap partitions, if it turns out to be easier to preserve a LABEL than a UUID.


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