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Re: GPT name overflow

From: Andreas Dilger
Subject: Re: GPT name overflow
Date: Sat, 9 Mar 2002 13:49:42 -0700
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On Mar 09, 2002  19:00 +1100, Andrew Clausen wrote:
> On Fri, Feb 08, 2002 at 01:05:59PM -0700, Andreas Dilger wrote:
> > I've been looking at this, and having flags just doesn't cut it for
> > representing all of the possible partition types.
> Agreed, they are a work-around for a deeper problem.
> > For example, LVM, RAID, swap, compaq-diag, dell-diag, msapm-suspend (0x84),
> > pheonix-suspend (0xa0), and dell-suspend (0xa1), etc. are all partition
> > types*.
> Right, except the swap case (it's akin to the "root" flag in most
> cases).
> However, parted has no way of representing anything other
> than file systems (via PedFileSystem).  It should.  *That* is what
> should be fixed, IMHO.  However, I don't really have any ideas yet
> on how to do this Right.

I can't remember - did I send you my "named partition types" patch?  It
adds "useful" names to partition types, like "linux", "swap", "raid",
etc.  In some cases, these are synonyms, in others not.  MSDOS obviously
supports the most partition types currently, but I imagine GPT will get
a lot once it is more widely used.

Cheers, Andreas
Andreas Dilger  \ "If a man ate a pound of pasta and a pound of antipasto,
                 \  would they cancel out, leaving him still hungry?"
http://www-mddsp.enel.ucalgary.ca/People/adilger/               -- Dogbert

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