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Re: Problem with minimum partition sizes

From: B.Hakvoort
Subject: Re: Problem with minimum partition sizes
Date: Mon, 7 Mar 2005 14:43:36 +0100 (CET)
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Hi Gareth and the rest :)
First off all my apologies for the slow response. I am on a study trip in
Surinam and my internetconnection is euhm... erratic :P

> Well, my gparted support fast 16 and fat 32.
> You're quite right, Fat 16 does have a 32Mb minimum, not 16Mb .. (i.e.
> it get's worse!)
> And Fat32 has a 256Mb minimum !
> What get's really interesting is that these limits appear in 0.0.9-pre,
> they were both 8Mb in 0.0.8 !
Afaik i'm the only gparted developer (note that you're actually asking on
the wrong list since gparted != (lib)parted ) and the the min. size for
fat filesystems have always been 32/256 MB, so i really don't understand
the 8Mb limit you are mentioning.

> So I guess my question still remains, any chance we can dispense with
> these arbitrary limitations which detract from what looks like a very
> nice piece of software ?

> I would very much like to use it as part of the distro .. if physically
> possible ..
I'm always willing to adapt my software to users needs, as long as it
seems sensible etc.. Please file a bug
(http://gparted.sourceforge.net/bugs.php) about this, with your arguments,
some proof, etc etc..

Thanks! :)


PS. Andrew, could you please elaborate a bit about why a partition should
be rounded to cylinderboundaries? I've always been told this is a good
thing, but i don't know exactly why ;)  thanks!

> Regards,
> Gareth.
> On Sat, 2005-03-05 at 02:55 +1100, Andrew Clausen wrote:
>> Hi Gareth,
>> On Fri, Mar 04, 2005 at 06:32:37PM +0000, Gareth Bult wrote:
>> > Apparently the absolute minimum for any dos related filesystem in
>> > gparted is 16Mb.
>> Parted doesn't support FAT12.  FAT16 has a minimum size of about 32Mb,
>> if
>> I remember correctly.  (How did you get 16Mb?)
>> The partition table alignment constraints (CHS stuff) can be overridden
>> if you are using libparted directly.  (You can use
>> ped_constraint_exact().)
>> Cheers,
>> Andrew
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