[Wlug] Partition Question

James P. Gray gray_james at dwc.edu
Wed May 11 21:48:51 EDT 2005

Partition types are sometimes used by operating systems and utilities to 
determine the type of a file system.  The Linux kernel likely uses 
another means of determining if a swap partition is really swap.  But it 
may simply assume that it is swap. 

Info on partitions and partition types:

I found some good information on partitions and memory management here, 
but no details on why specific partition types are used:

Eric Martin wrote:

> I know that partition types do something, as there are windows hidden 
> partition types which are different from the standard windows 
> partition types.  Other than that I'm as curious as you.
> On 5/10/05, *Arturo* <sedoa at raytheon.com <mailto:sedoa at raytheon.com>> 
> wrote:
>     Hi all,
>     I have a bunch of linux boxes that have the swap partitions that
>     are not
>     of type swap. They are type linux. The OS seems to be swapping
>     just fine
>     on this partition type.
>     Some machines have swap partition that look like this from fdisk
>     /dev/hda6           50810       52890     1048792+  82  Linux swap
>     Other machines have swap partitions that look like this.
>     /dev/hda6           50810       52890     1048792+  83  Linux
>     Does anyone have experience with why it would or wouldn't cause
>     issues?
>     Does anyone know what it means to have a partition of type x or y? Is
>     there a difference or is having a partition type mostly there for
>     humans.
>     I would have thought that the partition just defined the limits.
>     Everything else depends on what you do with the partition as far as
>     formatting and defining inodes/FATs and labels...
>     Any ideas?
>     Thanks,
>     Arturo
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