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Re: parted 2.1 crash with 'Apple Boot' partition

From: Chris Murphy
Subject: Re: parted 2.1 crash with 'Apple Boot' partition
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2012 14:19:19 -0700

On Feb 26, 2012, at 11:10 AM, Jim Meyering wrote:
> I reproduced it on RHEL6.2's parted-2.1-18.el6.x86_64.
> BTW, have you files a bug report (in bugzilla.redhat.com) for this already?

I have not. I've reproduced it on CentOS 6.0 and 6.2 DVDs (same version of 
parted), and I'm unsure if the protocol dictates that I file a bug with CentOS 
or their upstream. I think the former.

Since I've only reproduced this crash with a single instance of an Apple Boot 
partition, I think I should now proceed with zeroing the target disk, and 
reinstalling Mac OS X 10.7.0 to see if the problem is reproducible still. 
Because in that configuration, two months ago, this crash did not occur. Since 
that time, two Apple supplied updates were applied, one of which modified the 
Apple Boot partition - so possibly that's the culprit. Or it's user error. 

I think I need to distinguish between the crash caused by user error vs an 
Apple supplied update. A crash caused by user error affects a tiny number of 
people, whereas if it's induced by an Apple supplied update, it will in effect 
prevent dual boot installation of CentOS/RHEL 6 and older, which is a much 
larger number of affected people.

I'll report back once I've done this regression.

Chris Murphy

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