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 If REDHAT is listening, suggestions for Redhat 5.1

There are two changes I would like to see in Redhat 5.1.
The first is :

Provide an FDISK in linux that recognizes type E and F partitions
that are created by windows 95 fdisk.  I had to backup and recreate
them as type 5 and 6 (no INT13 extensions) so I could install
Redhat 5.  FDISK must keep up with what's happening in windows95.
Also I don't know if FDISK recognizes FAT32 partitions, but if
it doesn't it should.

Provide a kernel with FAT32 built in.  There are more and
more posts about accessing FAT32 partitions.  This
support should be built into the kernel and not have to
be patched in.

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Bernie Borenstein
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 Thu, 24 Aug 2000 03:00:00 GMT   
 If REDHAT is listening, suggestions for Redhat 5.1

Just a thought but... if you want stuff in Red Hat, I recommend sending
your suggestions _to_ Red Hat directly. Of course there is nothing wrong
with telling us too!

This is something that should be in fdisk in general, not just a Red Hat
thing. Type B FAT32 partitions are recognized by the current fdisk, but
AFAIK it doesn't support MS's stupid new partition type #s for unchanged
partition types. Howevere there is no need to recreate the partitions!
Just use Linux's fdisk to change the partition type back to 5 or 6, since
the new types are identical to the old (at least according to MS's web
site)

This would probably be fairly easy to change in the kernel
(although I'm not a kernel hacker so I don't know for sure). I'm not sure
whether fdisk would actually need to be changed, I'm not 100% sure how its
internals work.

I agree with you 100% on this one! Slackware has included a FAT32 kernel
for quite some time. When I installed the brand new Red Hat 5 for the
first time I was shocked to find that it had no FAT32 support - especially
since I'd spent about an hour downloading Red Hat onto my hard drive to
install it from, but couldn't because it was a FAT32 partition.
(Fortunately Red Hat does have the FTP install option so I was able to
install anyway, but it took longer than I planned).

-- brion vibber (br...@pobox.com)



 Thu, 24 Aug 2000 03:00:00 GMT   
 If REDHAT is listening, suggestions for Redhat 5.1

there's a modified redhat boot.img out there that has both fat32 and joliet
support on it.  I should have a link to it at
paramount.res.wpi.net/linux.html

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 Mon, 28 Aug 2000 03:00:00 GMT   
 If REDHAT is listening, suggestions for Redhat 5.1

In article <87u394ay0f....@paramount.res.wpi.net>,
        Frank Sweetser <rasmu...@WPI.EDU> writes:

It's on my web page at:

http://www.users.fast.net/~rodsmith/rhjol.html

While this will allow installing from FAT-32, it's not a complete
solution; most of the posts I see about FAT-32 want access to FAT-32
partitions *AFTER* installation is complete, and my modified install
floppy doesn't help with that.  Now if somebody would put together an
appropriate RPM, I'm sure it would help a lot of newbies; otherwise it's
necessary to patch and recompile the kernel (or recompile a recent 2.1.x
kernel).

What's the timetable on the release of the 2.2 kernel?  Once it's out, I
imagine all future Red Hat releases will include it, and hence FAT-32
support.

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 Tue, 29 Aug 2000 03:00:00 GMT   
 If REDHAT is listening, suggestions for Redhat 5.1

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