Disk Druid - Fedora flame #1

Gene Heskett gene.heskett at verizon.net
Wed Jan 19 14:27:33 UTC 2005

On Wednesday 19 January 2005 08:39, Timothy Murphy wrote:
>On Wednesday 19 January 2005 04:54, Matthew Miller wrote:
>> I don't think I ever said it can do no wrong. I just said it
>> always works fine for me. And that it's ridiculous to just keep
>> saying that it should be thrown out with no replacement.
>Did anyone say that, or anything like it?
>All I asked, as the original poster, was that
>the fdisk option be brought back.

Yes, I did.  IMO, any tool that has the potential to screw things up 
as badly as DD has for me the last 2 times I used it, either needs to 
be thrown out with the bath water, or seriously massaged to prevent 
future scenarios such as I've had.

The screwups in my cases were nearly identical, starting with its 
ignoring the drives existing partition table, making up its own 
tables up out of whole cloth, and putting /boot in /dev/hda5, which I 
don't believe works, ever.

It needs to 1) show you what its going to do to *every disk in the 
system*, and 2) what it does show you is to be carved in stone, not 
re-arranged willy-nilly after you've clicked on the next button.  And 
it needs to be capable of being completely bypassed in the case of 
already having a known good partition table you don't want messed 

The last time I spent probably 15 minutes wandering around in it 
trying to figure out a way out of it without its doing anything, and 
finally split up /dev/hdb into two small partitions and an already 
existing /swap just so it had something to do, and it completely 
wiped the system when I clicked next.

Everyone defending it claims it can do so much more than fdisk, but 
I've yet to see any evidence of this greater capability, other than 
its capability of totally screwing things up.  If there is a list of 
increased capabilities DD has that fdisk doesn't, then lets see a 
list of them, right here in front of all us frogs so we can debate 
the utility of each of these capabilities.  I'll even leave some room 
here for them to be listed:

fdisk works just fine, whats the problem with bringing it back as an 
option for those of us who are used to it?

Cheers, Gene
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