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Re: Debian installer not finding free space

On 06/15/2017 07:15 AM, David Wright wrote:
On Wed 14 Jun 2017 at 21:43:43 (-0700), David Christensen wrote:
... by convention (de facto standard?), partitions have monotonically
increasing sector numbers -- e.g. the First and Last LBA's of partition
4 must be greater than the LBA's for partition 3 and less than the LBA's
for partition 5. ...

Never heard of this standard. Sounds like a broken tool.

More likely, PEBKAC -- it's a convention I've seen and followed for the past 25+ years of using PC's with MBR system drives. Your example with gdisk demonstrates that new technologies (GPT) open new possibilities.

[Renumbering GPT partitions] sounds very dangerous to me. If you feel the need to have
the numbers in sequential order, just type "s" in a tool like gdisk:

The renumbering part is mechanical -- it's the risk of breaking things that depend upon partition numbers that makes it dangerous. That's why I use and recommend one disk for each OS.