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SubjectRe: paritition numbers changing?
Theodore Y. Ts'o wrote:
> Date: Sat, 19 Oct 1996 15:45:08 -0400 (EDT)
> From: Ray Lehtiniemi <>
> > Any one can provide some enlightenment?
> nope, but i can second the report. that happened to me when i first
> started using linux. 2 gig scsi split between linux and dos/nt (so i
> removed the bsd list from the followup) this occurred with 1.2.13
> and 1.3.18 and 1.3.88 kernels, using the fdisk et al. from the april 1996
> infomagic disks, slackware distribution.
> Did you use fdisk to create the first partition on the disk? There was
> a bug with some of the old fdisk programs where they created a partition
> table where the linear and the cylinder/track/sector representations
> didn't match up. Linux itself doesn't care about cyl/track/sector, but
> LILO does (since it uses BIOS calls). This would cause a problem where
> if you (a) used fdisk to create the first partition on disk, and (b)
> tried to boot of that partition, each time LILO booted, it would try to update
> its map file, and this would modify the wrong block (since it was using
> the bad cyl/track/sector address).
> The fix is to get a newer version of fdisk, and recreate the partition.
> THis is, by the way, an old, old bug. It's disturbing that a '96
> Slackware distribution would still be shipping an fdisk program quite
> that old, if this is really the same problem.
> - Ted

What is the latest version of fdisk?
Where can I get it?



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