Topic: [closed] New partition size & alignment problems/issues
Sorry for the formatting of the following message. This *&^%%$#@ systems decided to uncerimoniously log me out during the brief time that I was composing the following message, and so I had to resort to cut-and-paste to get it back again without having to retype the whole bloody thing.
So I guess that in enhancement request #1: Could SOMEBODY PLEASE get this dumb system from logging me out while I still busy typing a message? I mean geezzzz.
Sigh. Now on to my REAL message...
Before posting here, I downloaded 0.14.1-6 (amd64) to try to make sure that I'm
not asking about things that have already been fixed.
Maybe there's something that I'm not aware of, of that 'm not understanding, and
if so I hope and trust that others here will enlighten me. Otherwise, please d
o consider my comments herein to be feature requests.
The following questions relate to the "Create New Partition" dialog box.
What is the reason that gparted insists on preceding the first partition with at
least 1 MiB ? What is the reason that it insists on preceding it with anything
? Could this limitation of gparted be removed? If so, please consider this a r
equest to remove this (apparently artificial and pointless) limitation. I don't
believe that there is any truly _compelling_ reason for it, and the tool would
be more flexible without it.
Now, on another topic...
When alignment is set to "cylinder", why is it that -none- of the other user-sel
ectable parameters on/in this dialog box follow suit? I mean seriously, if I, t
he user, am asking for cylinder alignment, then it seems to me that I should be
able to ask for some number of CYLINDERS to precede the partition I am creating,
and also, it seems to me that I should be able to request a new partition whose
size is equal to some number of CYLINDERS. (Am I the only one for whom these t
hings seem obvious?)
Lastly, why are there only three choices offered for new partition alignment "Mi
B" or "cylinder" or "None"? This limitation seems to me pointless and unnecessa
ry. Why now allow the user to specify any bloody kind of alignment he/she wants
? It wouldn't be particularly hard to do, and would make gparted maximally flex
P.S. I've used gparted in the past many times. Just now I have been using it b
ecause the partitioning capabilities of FreeBSD which are available at OS instal
l time are (a) very limited and also (b) archaic to the point of being effective
ly brain dead.
For reasons I don't pretend to understand, FreeBSD (still) wants to align things
on "cylinder" (63 sector) boundaries. But my shiny new hard drive wants everyt
hing aligned on 4KiB boundaries. I was trying my best to accommodate both, usin
g gparted. So I wanted to make a partition starting at sector 504 (least common
multiple of 63 and 8), *and* also make a partition that was some multiple of 50
4 sectors in size. But of course, gparted wouldn't cooperate. Like not at all.
I think that should be fixed.
P.P.S. Another feature request relating to "Create new Partition". As of now,
gparted cannot create and format partitions containing BSD UFS filesystems. OK
fine. But you should at least allow me, the user, to *create* such a partition,
even if gparted can't quite do "newfs" on it.
What I mean to say is: (feature request) Allow the user to specify, explicitly
, the numeric partition type code, e.g. if and when the file system type selecte
d is "unormatted".