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Re: disk vs partition numbering

From: Hollis Blanchard
Subject: Re: disk vs partition numbering
Date: Fri, 08 Dec 2006 18:17:04 -0600

On Tue, 2006-12-05 at 20:46 +0100, Yoshinori K. Okuji wrote:
> > Oh, btw, it's HIGHLY confusing that disks start at 0, partitions at
> > 1. Could you please fix it and make it consequently? either hd1,1
> > or hd0,0, but not hd0,1 or hd1,0.
> No. It is consistent with most operating systems, so less confusing to
> the user. GRUB Legacy used 0-based counting for partitions, and I have
> received an uncountable number of complaints. Thus it is really a bad
> idea to make GRUB inconsistent against other systems.

I am very glad partitions are now numbered from one; that will certainly
reduce user confusion (although we should expect complaints from people
who know how grub1 works).

However, we will now receive lots of complaints, like this one, because
disks start at zero but partitions start at one. After all, we've all
learned that consistency is critical for good user interface...


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