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                                                         -*- mode: outline -*-

User-visible changes in Atari fdisk:
====================================

* Changes from 0.7 to 0.7.1:
  --------------------------

** New command 'C' to clear all partition entries. (Specially for James on
the '98 Linux/m68k meeting :-)

* Changes from 0.6.2 to 0.7:
  --------------------------

** Abbreviate text for UNX partition type; it was too long for the line.

** If you simply press return at the prompt, you're just reprompted instead
of seeing the menu, which may be unwanted. Use an explicit 'm' command
for the menu. (And PC-fdisk does the same here...)

** Better handling of the "unknown" extended partition format (called "EPF"
in the following). (The EPF is usually "AHDI" or "ICD", but "unknown"
if neither extended partitions nor ICD partition have been found in
the root sector, and fdisk can't tell which format is in use/wanted.)

*** Selecting the EPF ('f' command) doesn't print an internal error anymore
if the EPF was "unknown". Instead, AHDI format is selected.

*** The 'f' command now prints the EPF selected after it has finished.

*** Creating a new partition in non-expert mode could go seriously wrong if
the EPF was "unknown": Always a primary partition was created, even if
that wasn't possible. Fixed.

** More descriptive messages if the BLKRRPART ("reread partition table")
ioctl before reading the root sector fails; common causes are EBUSY
(device already in use) or EINVAL (device usually isn't partitioned).
The '-f' option always lets fdisk ignore such an error from BLKRRPART.

** The disk is now opened in exclusive mode, to avoid concurrent access to
it (e.g. by another fdisk instance... :-)

** In listing mode, fdisk checked (with BLKRRPART) that the disk is unused,
though this isn't necessary.

** Better explain why to reboot the system if re-reading the partition
table failed after writing a changed partition table.

** Better strategy for filling the checksum field in the rootsector. This
avoids the (very rare, 1:65535) case that a rootsector is made
bootable by accident. Also, the magic number for PC partition tables
(which is in the same location) is avoided if possible (non-bootable
root sectors). You'll notice the latter if you repartition a former PC
disk with Atari format now. Before this change, Linux still believed
it's PC-formatted, because the PC magic was still there and PC format
is tested first...

* Changes from 0.6.1 to 0.6.2:
  ----------------------------

** In listing mode, don't warn that one can't write the partition table.
This is useless.

** In listing mode, don't complain too loud about errors in the partition
table.

* Changes from 0.6 to 0.6.1:
  --------------------------

** Avoid question about whether the disk should be assumed unpartitioned
(after too much errors in the table) in listing mode (-l option).

* Changes from 0.5 to 0.6:
  ------------------------

** Fixed bug that 'w' command didn't exit as promised in its menu title.
This also fixes the problem that a second 'w' failed due to closed file.

* Changes from 0.4 to 0.5:
  ------------------------

** No alpha version any longer -- doesn't ask twice before writing to disk
anymore :-) atari-fdisk has been tested to some extent and seems not
to contain any serious bugs anymore (hopefully...)

** Should now really work with disks > 2 GB (tested) Uses system call
directly to work around problem in libc6 llseek().

** Basic support for ICD partition format implemented. You should be able to
now edit disks with that format, but conversion between AHDI and ICD
format is still rudimentary (works only if there are max. 4 primary
partitions or no extended partitions, i.e. the simplest cases.) ICD
format was detected automatically already earlier.

$Id: NEWS,v 1.8 1998/09/19 01:33:48 rnhodek Exp $