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bug#24043: No Selection by Default

From: Grady Martin
Subject: bug#24043: No Selection by Default
Date: Wed, 20 Jul 2016 16:40:55 -0400
User-agent: Mutt/1.6.2 (2016-07-01)

Hello.  Parted's info document says you want my ideas.  I have one, and it is 

Please disable automatic selection of block devices.  On my system, parted 
defaults to selecting /dev/sda, which happens to be the boot drive.  After 
years of using parted, today I finally slipped up.   I type this message from a 
terminal that will not boot if it loses power.  I am going to try to repair the 
partition table now, so this may be my last email for a while...

Disabling automatic selection forces the user to explicitly select a device.  
This is good.  This reduces human error.  I did not select the boot drive.  
Parted did.  How presumptuous and inconsiderate of parted to have done so.

A human

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