|Summary:||Disk Druid cannot handle > 16 partitions on IDE device|
|Product:||[Retired] Red Hat Linux||Reporter:||erbenson|
|Component:||installer||Assignee:||Michael Fulbright <msf>|
|Status:||CLOSED RAWHIDE||QA Contact:|
|Fixed In Version:||Doc Type:||Bug Fix|
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|Last Closed:||2000-04-20 21:59:17 UTC||Type:||---|
|oVirt Team:||---||RHEL 7.3 requirements from Atomic Host:|
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Description erbenson 1999-10-06 00:24:15 UTC
During installation if the user chooses to partition with disk druid they are only able to create 16 partitions the 17th partition will refuse to be allocated but the error is `allocation successful' If the user chooses to use fdisk to create the partitions and creates > 16 partitions on an IDE disk then when the installer runs disk druid to configure the mountpoints it will fail with an error `unable to read partition table on /dev/hda, not enough resources' this bug prevents installation of Redhat GNU/Linux on a disk with > 16 partitions. The Linux kernel supports 63 partitions on IDE HDDs and so all utilities in redhat linux should support that many partitions as well. I have installed redhat GNU/Linux by creating the first 16 partitions and installing then rebooting and using fdisk to add the additional needed partitions. after this it is required to mknod the additional device files as redhat GNU/Linux only includes /dev/hd?1 though /dev/hd?16 after adding these partitions and ajusting /etc/fstab and moving the appropirate files back to the preferred partitions everything appears to function correctly, thus this appears to be an entirely artificial limitation imposed by disk druid and the lack of device files included in the dev package. note also that I tested Debian GNU/Linux and it has no problems with either using nor installing on disks with > 16 partitions and there is additionly no need for the admin to manually create the necessary device files.
Comment 1 Michael Fulbright 2000-02-24 16:15:59 UTC
Increasing this limit will be considered for future releases.
Comment 2 Michael Fulbright 2000-04-20 21:59:59 UTC
Limit increased to 64 partitions/drive.