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Installer / How to resize partition

Postby mrkapqa » 2018-05-24 10:47

hello ,


since i started on journey to linux debian has been my favorite distro.

lately i started to wonder where this distro is going. it seemed a bit less responsive and a bit buggy, but maybe thats just my point of view and i tend to fous on some really annoying point.


One thing i keep wondering is why does Debian not include the best practice of Ubuntu to include the possibility to resize partition automatically to install Debian alongside an existing OS like Windows or other Linux?
It is a pretty fair feature and i am really hoping Debian admins are hearing this call;
Downsides i don't see any with this feature, so why don't learn from other Distro as well?
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Re: Installer / How to resize partition

Postby arzgi » 2018-05-24 12:35

Any automatic function turns to nightmare, when you want or have to do something else than default.

My sister got her first computer years ago, it had ubuntu preloaded. I had to help her quite a bit at start, and after 3rd time sister had debian :D
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Re: Installer / How to resize partition

Postby cuckooflew » 2018-05-24 13:02

If i wanted Ubuntu 's so called features, I would install Ubuntu, but that would be stupid, it is such a bad distro. In fact it is so bad, it almost bricked my laptop. I finally managed to get rid of it and installed Windows 10, then after reading more about Debian, i fond out I could resize the partition and create a new one for Debian, i may try it, still have not yet tried , after my experience with Ubuntu, i am reluctant to put any linux system on my laptop.
But i do think it is better that Debian does not follow the bad examples of a poorly designed system used by Ubuntu and some of the other distros.
Besides that , resizeing and creating partitions is pretty basic, it should not be done automatically and is easily done manually as needed, even us windows users know a little about partitioning. I have FreeDos and windows 10 as dual boot, i might add Debian, but am sill reading the documentation and thingling about it.
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Re: Installer / How to resize partition

Postby bw123 » 2018-05-24 13:04

I think debian has learned too much from other distros already. I wonder also about where it is going. You seem to want it to be more like others, while I like it because it is(was?) unique.

The partitioning is covered here.
https://www.debian.org/releases/stable/ ... 05.html.en

My thought would be the reason partitioning should not done automatically is that it is potentially destructive. A backup would be a good idea.
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Re: Installer / How to resize partition

Postby mrkapqa » 2018-05-25 23:26

bw123 wrote:I think debian has learned too much from other distros already. I wonder also about where it is going. You seem to want it to be more like others, while I like it because it is(was?) unique.

The partitioning is covered here.
https://www.debian.org/releases/stable/ ... 05.html.en

My thought would be the reason partitioning should not done automatically is that it is potentially destructive. A backup would be a good idea.



Thank you ,

i did use Debian quite extensively and found never real need for Ubuntu, although i like the color Violet of it very much :)
since Debian Squeeze (actually the first Linux i longer used , alongside Wheezy) i found quite some uncomfortable "evolutions", if i may say that; being an beginner, still.
Whenever i tried Ubuntu the automatic installer i did enjoy, but you were right , it could give problems;
Nevertheless, i would not underestimate the comfort of partitioning or resizing on the fly, which i think is also important for people that are new to Linux and want a clean start withouth much fuss or tinkering; but hey, that again, would not be Linux, wouldn't it?
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Re: Installer / How to resize partition

Postby djk44883 » 2018-05-30 00:28

mrkapqa wrote: so why don't learn from other Distro as well?

Don't you realize ubuntu IS built from debian testing?!? ...kind of like they're learning from debian. Although debian does have options to resize partitions,

mrkapqa wrote: i don't see any with this feature
you not seeing doesn't make it a good idea
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Re: Installer / How to resize partition

Postby wizard10000 » 2018-05-30 09:58

I agree with Debian's decision not to allow the installer to resize partitions.

Resizing a partition is a destructive process and the potential for data loss is higher when partitioning than at any other point in the install. I wonder how many people who install *buntu actually back up their data before resizing a partition? I don't know if that's the reason Debian doesn't offer resizing but if I was a Debian dev I'd much rather people broke their machines on their own instead of during a Debian install :mrgreen:
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Re: Installer / How to resize partition

Postby debiman » 2018-05-31 17:40

hey look, i'm feeding the troll!

seriously, there's no such thing as "best practice", and anyhow, if ubuntu is so much better in your opinion, nobody is keeping you from using it. good bye!
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