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Date:	Sun, 05 Nov 2006 13:51:24 -0800
From:	"H. Peter Anvin" <>
To:	Rene Herman <>
CC:	Kyle Moffett <>,
	Mikulas Patocka <>,
	Albert Cahalan <>,,
Subject: Re: New filesystem for Linux

Rene Herman wrote:
> H. Peter Anvin wrote:
> [ partitions ]
>> Actually, DOS/Win9x should handle arbitrary alignment just fine
> For primary (and extended) partitions, yes. I haven't used any version 
> of DOS that has ever objected to arbitrarily aligned partitions in the 
> MBR (and I do align them arbitrarily since I always make my partitions 
> some exact size and start the next partition in the next sector).
> Different though for logical partitions inside an extended. As late as 
> Windows 98, DOS would object to non-aligned logicals, at the very least 
> with some settings for the BIOS use/don't use LBA or "Large" settings.
> Linux doesn't care; I've used type 0x85 instead of 0x05 for my extended 
> partitions dus to that for years. DOS just ignores that one...


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