Util-linux-ng nitpicks

Matthew Burgess matthew at linuxfromscratch.org
Tue Oct 7 23:39:20 PDT 2008

On Wed, 8 Oct 2008 00:06:49 +0100, Ken Moffat <ken at linuxfromscratch.org> wrote:
> I don't have hal, of course, but I can't see how the _kernel_
> is going to take instructions from it (hal just passes messages
> around in userspace, no ?).

I thought it was D-Bus that was the message passing mechanism, HAL is the bit that really does talk to the hardware to do 'useful' stuff.

As it is, from earlier messages it looks like fdisk does in actual fact call the same iocctls that addpart & delpart wrap around, so unless you're creating a partition on the boot device, fdisk should do the right thing.  Personally, I never knew you could change the partition layout on a mounted device, and that thought scares me somewhat.  But, I guess if you know what you're doing in that kind of situation then partx would indeed be useful.



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