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parted no longer fixes gpt/mbr conflict?

From: Erik Jacobson
Subject: parted no longer fixes gpt/mbr conflict?
Date: Fri, 9 Jul 2004 10:23:36 -0500

Hi there.

It seems to me that current versions of parted (including the latest
available) no longer have the option of "fixing" the gpt vs msdos
label problem.

Older parted 1.4.24, for example, does "fix up" the state of the label.

We run in to a problem once in a while where soemone will use fdisk to
put a partition table on a disk previously partitioned with parted.
At that point, the "conflict" exists where the secondary gpt label is
still around but the partition table is meant to be msdos.

It used to be, when you started parted and did an operation like 'print',
parted would fix it up.  You could tell it that the partition was msdos
or gpt and it would be adjusted.  It seems current versions do print a warning
messsage, but don't really fix the problem.  parted asks if the partition
is GPT waiting for a "yes" or "no".  If you say no, then it seems it just
returns with no fixup (and no table to work with inside parted).  If you
answer yes, you are able to work with the table.  In both cases, the problem
comes up again next time unless you make a new label with 'mklabel gpt'.

I was wondering if there was a reason for the change?  Or if it was just
done this way in a re-write?  I was personally hoping the functionality could
return but there may be issues I don't know about or understand.

Let me know.  Thank you.

Erik Jacobson - Linux System Software - Silicon Graphics - Eagan, Minnesota

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