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Re: How To Write Extended Partition Tables from GRUB?

From: Steve Burtchin
Subject: Re: How To Write Extended Partition Tables from GRUB?
Date: Sun, 4 Feb 2007 16:30:40 -0500

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Steve Burtchin" <address@hidden>
To: "adrian15" <address@hidden>
Sent: Thursday, February 01, 2007 11:51 PM
Subject: Re: How To Write Extended Partition Tables from GRUB?

> > FOR ONLY your computer in a future ?
> >
> Not exactly - Suppose you are managing an IT department and you want to
> out 200 new computers all with identical HDD's.  You could partition all
> them in the time it takes to boot to CD and hit enter!  I know there are
> other ways of doing this (multicasting), but if later - any one of these
> computers would have its partition tables corrupted, you could restore all
> the partition tables just as fast.  I'm not aware of any other tools that
> would do it this fast.
> > Is that your idea ?
> >
> >
> > adrian15
> >
> That was not my idea at all originally, but I am excited to see that my
> function has a purpose that would interest others.  I actually only
> of using it this way as an afterthought while I was explaining what I
> it for back on November 18.  Serendipity at work!
> I would definitely want to use it as in the attached text file if my
> partition tables were ever corrupted, but I originally wanted it so I
> define extended partitions with the same starting cylinder, but with
> different ending cylinders (because some older os's can only see the first
> 1024 cylinders - ref. my November 18 reply).
I am happy to report that eptedit now appears to be bug-free!!!!!

I will send the patch as soon as I complete some more extensive testing.

How do I get an official Bug-grub request number assigned?  I noticed that
many other topics have them, even when they are not bugs at all (eg. "bug
#17472: grub install on hd(0,0) permanently damages Windows bootloader".
This one is clearly user error and is easily recovered from, as admitted by
at least two of those involved in that topic.

The other question that has been nagging me is that most of our
correspondence is not getting into the Bug-grub forum.  Is there something
else I need to be doing, for example putting address@hidden into the CC
list.  I use "Reply to All" in Outlook Express, but that does not happen
automatically.  I am forwarding all our previous correspondence there now
(just the ones without Bug-grub on the CC list).  I hope that helps.


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