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Re: misc/45695: fdisk(8) has misleading naming of logical partitions
The following reply was made to PR misc/45695; it has been noted by GNATS.
From: David Holland <dholland-bugs%netbsd.org@localhost>
Subject: Re: misc/45695: fdisk(8) has misleading naming of logical partitions
Date: Sat, 10 Dec 2011 18:04:35 +0000
On Thu, Dec 08, 2011 at 10:35:01PM +0000, Julian Djamil Fagir wrote:
> > > fdisk(8) has no mention of the word 'logical' partition, but always
> > > talks about extended partitions. This is misleading, there is only
> > > one extended partition (though several EBRs), the inner ones are
> > > usually called logical partitions.
> > Doesn't that depend on whose documentation you've been reading?
> might be, but I've never seen nor heard this naming anywhere
> before the NetBSD fdisk manpage. The distinction logical-extended
> seems to be the standard. Though I absolutely do not want to have
> Wikipedia as an absolute reference: German and English wikipedia
> state this way, too, and the French one calls them 'secondary
> partitions' and says logical drives are DOS terminology. Linux'
> fdisk manpage uses this way of logical/extended, too.
If the rest of the world has standardized on this terminology, we may
as well follow suit.
(BTW, there is more than one extended partition; each nested partition
table contains one to hold the next nested partition table. They
aren't visible though.)
David A. Holland
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