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Re: [bug] mkpartfs

From: Pixel
Subject: Re: [bug] mkpartfs
Date: Sun, 5 Aug 2001 14:49:06 +0200 (CEST)
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Neal H Walfield <address@hidden> writes:

> all primary partitions _must_ start and end before the start of extended
> partition,

this is not a rule, only an assumption.

- having a primary partition after the main extended partition is allowed by
*many* partitioning tools (eg: cfdisk, fdisk)

- having a primary partition in the main extended partition is allowed by some
partitioning tools (eg: dos fdisk). It happens in same case like:

|-----hda1-------|-------hda2-------|  remove hda1
|-----empty------|-------hda2-------|  create a logical partition hda5

since some tools always extend the main extended partition to the end of the


windows has no pb with this, nor fdisk. But parted does.

I discovered this on friday when trying redhat's roswell on a test box here.
Since diskdrake do allow creating primary inside main extended partition (I
changed this when I discovered this asumption was not respected in existing
partition tables)

cu Pixel.

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