Subject: Re: possible install problems in current sources?
To: None <>
From: Simon Burge <>
List: tech-install
Date: 05/11/1999 23:52:23
"John F. Woods" wrote:

> > These problems should be gone with the changes I made to sysinst (unless you
> > change units while editing: entering partititons in sectors will not
> > round anything, but in megabytes it will round boundaries to cylinders.
> > You can create overlapping partitions this way).
> I *like* editing in megabytes.  Megabytes are meaningful units; cylinders
> are not.  If it is going to round to cylinders, it ought to at least give
> some kind of hint that it has done so, and it should certainly not allow one
> to end one partition at "127 MB" and begin the next at "128 MB" but then
> later claim they overlap!
> Additionally, there is no particular reason for the sysinst partition editor
> to be willing to create overlapping partitions.  The sysinst partition editor
> should be designed to make it as easy as possible to create a correct set of 
> partitions that will allow installation.  Anything more complicated ought to
> be left to a fully-installed running system.

The partition editor is on my hit list.  I know I keep using it as an
example, but I was thinking of taking another leaf from the Solaris
install program.  In the Solaris editor you can select multiple disks
and edit the partitions in a table-like display instead of a menu-like