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legacy ticket: bad blocks.

From: rod
Subject: legacy ticket: bad blocks.
Date: Tue, 17 Aug 2010 18:18:51 +0100

Thanks for that information.

Please excuse me for asking one or two more questions.

What's the thinking behind phasing out filesystem-dependent operations? 
 Perhaps the functionality is being moved to individual libraries supported 
elsewhere?  Will the ability to move and resize file systems be phased out 
of libparted as well as out of  parted? (I guessed this might also be the 
forum for libparted, but may be wrong.)

I use gparted for resizing partitions; that calls libparted directly, and 
makes some use of other tools.

Is there a roadmap/plan of how and when resizing & moving will migrate from 
libparted, and what set of routines will replace them? If so, I could 
google their developers to enquire whether the routines are safe against 
bad blocks.  (Even if they're not, the risk and extent of data corruption 
may be sufficiently small for me to continue using them in many 

Thanks for any advice you can give,

Regards from

Rod Smith

Mailto: address@hidden
Web:   http://www.rodericksmith.plus.com

P.S.  I've been developing an open source outliner tool for web 
documentation, mentioned on my site & used by a couple of open source 
developers.  I've applied it to parted's manual, at:


If it should be of any use, feel free to use it as an additional manual 
format -- I can clean it up a bit more if you'd like.

-----Original Message-----
From:   Jim Meyering [SMTP:address@hidden
Sent:   Monday, August 16, 2010 2:45 PM
To:     address@hidden
Cc:     'address@hidden'
Subject:        Re: Where can I re-submit a legacy ticket, please?

rod wrote:

> A few years ago, I submitted a PARTED ticket/query at:
> http://parted.alioth.debian.org/cgi-bin/trac.cgi/ticket/206#preview .
> (Protection against losing bad disk block locations.)
> Periodically, I revisit the ticket to check for any response, but that 
> seems dead apart from an occasional spam marketing ticket.  I notice
> there's another site now 
> but apparently no link from the old site to the new.
> Could you advise, please, where I could re-submit my question from the
> first link above?  Thanks.

Thanks.  By writing to this list, you've just done so.

However, note that the question is becoming moot, since parted's
ability to move and resize file systems is being phased out,
along with most functionality that requires knowledge of file
system internals.

I don't know the answer off hand (without studying the code), but a
quick grep for /bad.?block/i in the code suggests that there is no
FAT-specific support for bad blocks.  The only file system types with
bad block support in parted appear to be hfs and rdb (amiga).  There's a
hint that linux_swap.c does, too.

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