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Re: what partitioning rule am I not aware of?



On Mon, Oct 30, 2006 at 08:01:41AM -0500, Tom Horsley wrote:
> In an excess of energy I decided to see how many different OSes I
> could install to compare their behavior with a weird X bug I
> encountered in FC6:
> 
> https://bugs.freedesktop.org/show_bug.cgi?id=8790
> 
> I figured 20 gig was about enough for each root, and decided to
> create 7 small /boot partitions near the front of the disk (since
> so many boot loaders have problems with big addresses) and 7 20
> gig partitions after that for different kernels (my disk is a 160
> gig sata drive).
> 
> Windows has no problems doing this, but fdisk -l won't print any
> info about partitions after /dev/sda15 and if I try to install
> FC5 on a system that actually has an sda16 and sda17 partition
> (even if I don't try to use them for anything), anaconda blows up
> at the partitioning stage when it is about to try to partition
> and install.
> 
> If I go back to windows, delete the last two partitions, and
> re-install, all goes smoothly.
> 
> Is there some rule I don't know about on the number of
> partitions? Or is it a rule about the starting address of a
> partition (can't be too big maybe)?
> 
> Its really very irritating that they keep making disks bigger and
> bigger and software never seems to know what to do with them :-).

Tom:

Isn't there a 16-partition limit on a disk using the MSDOS partiton scheme? (which Linux does use)
Or so I've heard.

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