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Bug 82887

Summary: why has fdisk option been removed?!
Product: [Retired] Red Hat Public Beta Reporter: Jon Willeke <willeke>
Component: anacondaAssignee: Michael Fulbright <msf>
Status: CLOSED WONTFIX QA Contact: Mike McLean <mikem>
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Description Jon Willeke 2003-01-28 04:27:59 UTC
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Description of problem:
In 8.0.92 and earlier, I had the option to accept a simple partion scheme
(/boot, swap, and /), to manually partition with Disk Druid, or to manually
partition with fdisk.  Now, in 8.0.93, the fdisk option is gone!

For anything but a throw-away install, I first partition with fdisk, then assign
mount points in Disk Druid.  The main reason is that I like to use logical
drives in an extended partition for everything but /boot.  For example:

  hda1: /boot
  hda2: extended
  hda5: swap
  hda6: physical volume
  hda7: physical volume
  ...

While it may seem picky to want a particular partition layout, I have a strong
preference for putting swap before other partitions, as that puts it on the
outer tracks, improving access and transfer times.  With fdisk, this is easy to
accomplish.  With Disk Druid, I have to monkey around until it's approximately
right.  This is hard enough for single-disk installs; I imagine it's worse for
multi-disk installs.

I don't care if you call fdisk "for experts," or hide it in the custom install,
so long as I can write the partition table, go back, and continue with Disk Druid.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
8.0.93

How reproducible:
Always

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Start a graphical install of Red Hat Linux 8.0.93
2. Select a clean install (I tried work station and custom)
3. Continue until you reach the partition choices
    

Actual Results:  I see two options: automatically partition, or manually
partition with Disk Druid.

Expected Results:  There should be a third option, to manually partition with fdisk.

Additional info:

Comment 1 Jeremy Katz 2003-01-28 05:35:49 UTC
fdisk was gone in the first phoebe.  It will not be coming back.  Users who know
how to use fdisk and want to can do so from tty2.