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Re: parted/d-i bug : vanishing print output, bug traced to table.c code.

From: Sven Luther
Subject: Re: parted/d-i bug : vanishing print output, bug traced to table.c code.
Date: Sun, 5 Nov 2006 22:34:28 +0100
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.13 (2006-08-11)

On Sat, Nov 04, 2006 at 11:02:25AM +0100, address@hidden wrote:
> On Thu, Nov 02, 2006 at 02:12:40PM +0100, Sven Luther wrote:
> > We may think about removing the dependency on parted output parsing,
> > and replace that with a little libparted program instead. Colin, it
> > would be nice if you could comment on this, i believe this bit of code
> > may be yours.
> I'm not fond of this.  Having script-friendly output now has been for
> long on the agenda for parted.  There's Colin's patch, but it needs to
> be polished, integrated smoothly (as "parted -s" probably) and a
> future-safe output format has to be developed.

Ok, but this is really beside the point her, i think. The main point is that
it seems parted in some circunstances adds a \0 in the middle (or rather at
the start) of the string bing produced for outputing the partitions.

>   A separate program would be detrimental to parted's progress (by doing
> work that fits in nicely here in some separate program), detrimental to
> your purpose (parted already has lots of useful and tested code) and,
> in quintessence, a waste of time.

I am not sure. We really only need to get back the system type of a partition,
and that can easily be done with a trivial libparted program. We already use
libparted in debian directly to do the partitioning for example.

Having a script language for parted's frontend may be a nice idea though, it
would waste more ram though, and be more bug-prone, so ...


Sven Luther

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