Updated parted packages that fix several bugs are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.
The parted packages provide tools to create, destroy, resize, move, and copy hard disk partitions. The parted program can be used for creating space for new operating systems, reorganizing disk usage, and copying data to new hard disks.
- After removing a partition from a Device Mapper Multipath (DM-Multipath) device that contained the only partition, the parted utility failed to remove the DM-Multipath device as expected until system reboot. With this update, a bug in the libparted library has been fixed, so that parted now correctly removes DM-Multipath devices in this scenario.
- Previously, the parted utility was only able to handle loop devices with a size limited to an unsigned 32-bit integer. As a consequence, using parted with loop devices larger than 4 GiB failed. With this update, the above mentioned limit has been increased to an unsigned 64-bit integer, and loop devices up to 2^64 of size are now supported.
- Previously, the parted utility was not able to handle Extended Address Volumes (EAV) Direct Access Storage Devices (DASD) that have more than 65535 cylinders. Consequently, EAV DASD drives could not be partitioned using parted, and installation on EAV DASD drives failed. This update adds support for EAV DASD devices with more than 65535 cylinders, and parted now handles them correctly.
Users of parted are advised to upgrade to these updated packages, which fix these bugs.