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SubjectRe: block ioctl to read/write last sector
    From michael_e_brown@dell.com Wed Feb 14 00:37:25 2001

> Look at the addpart utility in the util-linux package.
> It will allow you to add a partition disjoint from
> previously existing partitions.
> And since a partition can start on an odd sector,
> this should allow you to also read the last sector.
>
> Do I overlook something?

Yes. The addpart utility just uses the block-layer ioctls to dynamically
add and/or remove partitions. What this is doing is just adjusting the
kernel's idea of what the current partition scheme is. This has _nothing_
to do with actually reading or writing data from the disk.

But it changes the idea of odd and even.
A partition can start on an odd sector.

Andries
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