[ubuntu-uk] Special bugs, and Live CDs. Help with this Bug please?

Colin Law clanlaw at googlemail.com
Fri Nov 12 12:10:07 GMT 2010


On 12 November 2010 11:33, Liam Proven <lproven at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Fri, Nov 12, 2010 at 10:11 AM, Alan Pope <alan at popey.com> wrote:
>> On 12 November 2010 09:57, Liam Proven <lproven at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> Yes, but *what* particular sequence? Nobody has yet spelled it out,
>>> AFAICS. I'd like to know so I can avoid it!
>>>
>>
>> It's detailed in the bug report linked to in the first mail.
>
> OK, read that now, but I don't see what the specific unusual event
> here was meant to be. The only thing that sounds odd in there are the
> "3 unlisted hidden partitions". MBR only allows for a total of 4
> primary partitions, and 3 were listed there - Dell recovery, Windows &
> the extended one. Adding >1 new ones would cause problems.
>
> I am not following what is meant to have gone wrong. When one chooses
> "use entire partition", what do people /expect/ to happen if no
> specific partition is chosen? Is the setup program meant to be smart
> enough to automatically use the Linux FS and not the Windows one? That
> seems to me to be a terrifying assumption to make before installing an
> OS. I'd not be surprised if it chose the first.

If one says "use entire partition" when it is not obvious _which_
partition then an error should be displayed.  In no circumstances
would one expect it to overwrite _multiple_ partitions.  That would be
an option labeled "use multiple partitions that you probably don't
actually want trashed".

Colin



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