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Dear experts, I installed Advanced Server on a dual boot machine once again. Linux is installed on the second hard drive, hdb. The drive is partitioned first with Windows diskpart. Since I use a lot of partitions, all of the Linux partitions are inside one big extended partition. During Linux install, I set the filesystems to the partitions. I just finished installing. Except for the swap partition, all the partitions were formatted as ext3. But, this is very strange. when I rebooted, I checked out the partitions. The first two were FAT16!!! Disk /dev/hdb: 255 heads, 63 sectors, 14593 cylinders ...

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    Default Strange formatting results with Advanced Server 2.1

    Dear experts,

    I installed Advanced Server on a dual boot machine once
    again. Linux is installed on the second hard drive, hdb.

    The drive is partitioned first with Windows diskpart.
    Since I use a lot of partitions, all of the Linux
    partitions are inside one big extended partition.

    During Linux install, I set the filesystems to
    the partitions.

    I just finished installing. Except for the swap
    partition, all the partitions were formatted as ext3.

    But, this is very strange. when I rebooted, I checked
    out the partitions. The first two were FAT16!!!

    Disk /dev/hdb: 255 heads, 63 sectors, 14593 cylinders
    Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 bytes

    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/hdb1 1 1959 15735636 c Win95 FAT32 (LBA)
    /dev/hdb2 * 1960 14593 101482605 f Win95 Ext'd (LBA)
    /dev/hdb5 1960 1972 104391 6 FAT16
    /dev/hdb6 1973 2625 5245191 6 FAT16
    /dev/hdb7 2626 2886 2096451 82 Linux swap
    /dev/hdb8 2887 3539 5245191 83 Linux
    /dev/hdb9 3540 4845 10490413+ 83 Linux
    /dev/hdb10 4846 5498 5245191 83 Linux
    /dev/hdb11 5499 6151 5245191 83 Linux
    /dev/hdb12 6152 6804 5245191 83 Linux
    /dev/hdb13 6805 7457 5245191 83 Linux
    /dev/hdb14 7458 8763 10490413+ 83 Linux


    df -k shows:
    Filesystem 1k-blocks Used Available Use% Mounted on

    /dev/hdb6 5162796 211256 4689284 5% /
    /dev/hdb5 101089 25432 70438 27% /boot
    /dev/hdb8 5162796 32836 4867704 1% /home
    /dev/hdb9 10325748 164200 9637028 2% /opt
    /dev/hdb13 5162796 32828 4867712 1% /oracle
    /dev/hdb14 10325748 32828 9768400 1% /oradata
    none 385024 0 385024 0% /dev/shm
    /dev/hdb12 5162796 35900 4864640 1% /tmp
    /dev/hdb10 5162796 2624320 2276220 54% /usr
    /dev/hdb11 5162796 117140 4783400 3% /var


    Why? Does this make any sense???

    Any ideas?
    linuxquestion@yahoo.com Guest

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    com wrote: 
    --snip-- 

    You made the first 2 partitions with windows.
    You should have made the windows partition with the windows fdisk
    and left the space linux was to install into as free disk space.
    You make all linux partitions during the install.

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    Default Re: Strange formatting results with Advanced Server 2.1

    On Sat, 24 Jan 2004 05:26:13 GMT, David <net>
    wrote:
     [/ref]
     

    He still has a valid question. Why didn't Red Hat format the
    partitions as ext3 when told to? It shouldn't care what partition
    manager made the partitions - a partition is a partition.

    The OP might have made an error in commanding Red Hat, of course, but
    that needs to be verified. If he didn't make a mistake, then the
    question is why Red Hat failed to format those two partitions while
    correctly formatting the others.


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    Richard Steven Hack
    "Whatever does not kill me makes me stronger" -
    and YOU have not killed me!
    Richard Guest

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    Richard Steven Hack <com> wrote: [/ref]
    >
    > He still has a valid question. Why didn't Red Hat format the
    > partitions as ext3 when told to?[/ref]

    It did (for all we know). (hint: find your mistake).
     

    Quite right. And a partition is not a file system (another hint).
     

    He might.
     

    But he didn't verify.
     

    The question is why you think it DIDN'T! Well? Speak up. All you have
    seen is the partition type label, not the file system format!
     

    "Weird", isn't it? :-)

    Peter
    P.T. Guest

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    On Sun, 25 Jan 2004 11:20:14 GMT, it.uc3m.es (P.T. Breuer)
    wrote:
     

    Ah, yes, I see. Not the same things at all. Talk about confusing.
    He's got a partition type with a completely different file system on
    it. Hmmppphhh. Division of labor in system tools results in insanity
    in this case.


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    Richard Steven Hack
    "Whatever does not kill me makes me stronger" -
    and YOU have not killed me!
    Richard Guest

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