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Bug 229983 - Anaconda disk partitioning program can't create extended partitions
Summary: Anaconda disk partitioning program can't create extended partitions
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: anaconda
Version: 6
Hardware: i386
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Anaconda Maintenance Team
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Reported: 2007-02-25 14:30 UTC by Joseph Hesse
Modified: 2007-11-30 22:11 UTC (History)
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Last Closed: 2007-02-26 20:01:09 UTC

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Description Joseph Hesse 2007-02-25 14:30:17 UTC
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Description of problem:
The disk partitioning program that comes with Anaconda does not allow extended partitions to be created.  For example, it is not possible to start with an unpartitioned drive, say /dev/hda, and create /dev/hda1 as an extended partition which fills the entire drive and contains the logical partitions /dev/hda5,6,7.

I realize that you can do Ctrl-Alt-F2 to get a command shell and do fdisk /dev/hda.  One problem with this is that, on two of my newer machines, Ctrl-Alt-F7 does not get you back to the installer, it just hangs.  Another problem is that this is not an elegant solution.

I respectively suggest that the paritioning part of the installer be changed to allow an explicit use of fdisk.  I believe Red Hat 6, 7, 8 had this feature.

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Steps to Reproduce:
1.Try to use Anaconda (Disk Druid?) to create an extended partition.
2.There appears no way to do it.

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Comment 1 Jeremy Katz 2007-02-26 20:01:09 UTC
"Extended" partitions are an implementation detail and are created on demand as

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