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Re: fdisk implementation

From: "Simon 'corecode' Schubert" <corecode@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2008 23:38:25 +0100

Jost Tobias Springenberg wrote:
After taking a look at these implementations I realized that the best way to tackle this problem might be to take the fdisk we have right now, keep its basic functionality for the users, audit the code and replace the interactive mode completely by a ncurses based version.

I think this effort will be highly appreciated. I don't think that you will have to use C for this task, any reasonable other language will probably do as well, just lead to less errors :)

In the process of this replacement it would also be useful to add the following features:
+ make it easier for unexperienced users to specifying partition size / start- and endpoints + basic support for disklabels (maybe it is possible to simply interact with the disklabel tool here)
+ add something like a "magic key" that aligns the partition with the next/previous
partition automatically (as it appears in minix)

This sounds reasonable. A simple "Add partition here in this free space" with sensible default values (i.e. everything) should do the trick for most cases. Maybe you will get around implementing support for extended partitions, because that is currently not supported by our fdisk (but conceptually easy to add).


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