| Date: Mon, 24 May 2004 23:19:31 +0100
| From: Liam Bedford <lbedford at lbedford.org>
| Brian Foster wrote:
| >[ ... ]
| > + each table within an extended should consist of just one
| > logical optionally followed by a pointer to another table
| > _within_ the same extended;
| which can lead to the unfortunate situation of something
| breaking on logical partition 1 taking out all the other
| logical partitions..
YES. this is perhaps one of the reasons I didn't grasp
the basic idea for so long --- as an O/S programmer meself,
I couldn't believe _anyone_ would be so *stupid* (and there
is no other way of putting it) to rely on unreliable storage
for critical data. yes, Yes, YES, good sysadmin practice
should be able to work-around this nonsense, but the design
is unbelievely dumb.
( and this is also an example where knowing the _theory_
may help in design --- in this case, of the strategy for
fully back-up the system .... )
| > and
| > + not all software (e.g., O/S's) like/tolerate/grok
| > anything else; nor can all boot from a logical.
| AIUI, pretty much nothing _boots_ from a logical partition.
|[ ... ]
maybe, maybe not. the docs I found were unclear on these
details; but I _may_ have overstated the possible problem.
in any case, I took the “safe‟ route of setting aside two
primary partitions for “other‟ s/w. so unless “it‟ fscks-up
on finding hd¿4 is an extended partition, I ought to be able
to install/boot/whatever what I want (modulo various other
stupidities like the MBR overwriting you mention below) ...
| [ ... ] windows overwrites the MBR by default).
fortunately, this is the one example I don't care a fig
about: I do neither use, run, nor own DoS or Windross.¹
¹ Ok, ok, I “use‟ Windross at work --- but only as a
(poor!) X-terminak. all my real work is on Linux.
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