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bug using a USB drive

From: David A Thompson
Subject: bug using a USB drive
Date: Tue, 14 Jun 2005 14:34:07 -0700
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address@hidden thomp]# /sbin/fdisk /dev/sda

The number of cylinders for this disk is set to 5168.
There is nothing wrong with that, but this is larger than 1024,
and could in certain setups cause problems with:
1) software that runs at boot time (e.g., old versions of LILO)
2) booting and partitioning software from other OSs
   (e.g., DOS FDISK, OS/2 FDISK)

Command (m for help): p

Disk /dev/sda: 40.0 GB, 40007761920 bytes
240 heads, 63 sectors/track, 5168 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 15120 * 512 = 7741440 bytes

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sda1   *           1        5168    39070048+   c  W95 FAT32 (LBA)

Command (m for help): quit

address@hidden thomp]# parted /dev/sda
GNU Parted 1.6.15
Copyright (C) 1998 - 2004 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
This program is free software, covered by the GNU General Public License.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT 
WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR 
PARTICULAR PURPOSE.  See the GNU General Public License for more details.

Using /dev/sda
(parted) p                                                                
You found a bug in GNU Parted.  Please email a bug report to 
address@hidden containing the version (1.6.15), and the following 

Assertion (heads < 256) at disk_dos.c:486 in function 
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