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parted documentation fixes
parted documentation fixes
27 Mar 2003 19:21:19 +0100
I have just been reading the parted documentation in order
to learn about parted. Here is a list of typos and other
comments on the text. I sent this to address@hidden
a few days ago but there was no reply.
I suggest that all section titles be formatted like
sentences, i.e., Without Each Word Being Capitalized.
I suggest that in the introduction you write something
In this document we use the term 'BIOS' to refer
to the built-in software programs on your machine
used to access disks and boot operating systems.
'BIOS' is short for 'Basic Input/Output System'.
BIOS programs are part of a machine's firmware.
Firmware is software programmed into read-only
memory chips by the computer manufacturer and is
consequently not easily changed. Elsewhere
you may see the BIOS referred to as firmware.
Repeat it at the beginning of the "BIOSes and firmware"
section. Then simply use the term 'BIOS' throughout
the document without repeating that it means roughly
the same as 'firmware'.
There are inconsistencies in the use of "i.e." and "e.g.".
Write them like this:
blah blah blah, i.e., yadda yadda yadda
blah blah blah, e.g., yadda yadda yadda
or better, replace them with
blah blah blah, that is, yadda yadda yadda
blah blah blah, for example, yadda yadda yadda
Overview of GNU Parted
"between hard disks,"
"replicating installations over many computers"
"replicating an installation
on several computers"
"assumes that the reader
has an understanding"
"back up your important files."
"... important files before
"with `subscribe' in the subject."
"with 'subscribe' as the
Subject of the message."
Platforms on which GNU Parted runs
GNU/Hurd check paragraph justification
Using a Parted Boot Disk
A block quotation does not require
"inserting the boot disk, and rebooting"
"can not" "cannot"
"(at the moment, this must be GNU/Linux"
Doesn't it work on GNU/Hurd too?
"which is largely the same, no matter what systems"
"which is largely independent
of system details."
Using GNU Parted
"If you're lazy,"
"If you're lazy and omit the
"you can specify decimal places in the numbers
corresponding to partition locations"
"the numbers indicating partition locations
(in megabytes) can be integers or decimals"
"Parted will ask you for it."
"Parted will prompt you for it."
"unless it's something that's obviosuly dangerous (i.e. rm,
"unless the command is one of those
that is inherently dangerous (namely,
rm, mklabel and mkfs)."
You should give a complete list of the
inherently dangerous commands here.
Note the period added to the end of
"If this minimum is significantly different,"
"If this size is significantly different
from the size requested,"
"Creates a new disk label,"
"This command (normally) won't technically destroy your
data, but it will make it will make it basically unusable"
"This command usually won't destroy your
data, but will make it inaccessible"
"FS-TYPE is required for data partitions
(i.e., non-extended partitions)."
I thought the opposite of 'extended
partition' was 'primary partition',
not 'data partition'. Clarify.
"that used to be about START and END. If one is found,
it will ask"
"that used to be located approximately
between START and END. If such a
partition is found, Parted will ask"
"can be resized, so long as"
"can be resized only so long as"
Note that Parted does not require a file system
to be "defragged" (Parted can safely move data
around if necessary). It's a waste of time
defragging. Don't bother!"
"Note that Parted can manipulate
partitions whether or not they have
been "defragmented", so don't bother
defragmenting the disk before
"The device will usually be a Linux hard disk
device, or, if direct access to a file system
is required -- a partition, software RAID device ..."
"The device can be a Linux hard
disk device, a partition, software
RAID device, ..."
Example: Resizing an ext2 partition on a crowded disk.
Remove period from the title
"(parted) resize PARTITION_NUMBER NEW START NEW END"
"... NEW-START NEW-END"
This change needs to be made to
all instances of these strings
on this page.
The PC BIOS
"load the first bit of the boot loader"
"executes the first bit of the boot loader"
"... the first part of the boot loader"
The word 'bit' has another meaning ...
GRUB: The GNU GRand Unified Bootloader
". Otherwise, you don't need to do anything."
"; otherwise you don't need to do
anything after manipulating partitions."
The Microsoft Windows NT Bootloader
"to FAT32 partitions, if you want"
"Parted can't resize mounted partitions (this
may change in the future...)."
"Parted can't resize mounted
partitions. (This may change
in the future.)"
"If you modify the partition table on a disk
with a partition mounted on it,"
"If you modify the partition table
on a disk that contains a partition
that is currently mounted,"
"Linux won't know about the changes"
"This is because Linux is not
informed about the changes"
Disk labels used by GNU/Linux and FreeBSD
"FreeBSD has a disk label system that is incompatible
with MSDOS partition tables, and a partition slice
system that is compatible with MSDOS partition tables."
"... incompatible ..." ?
"It is unlikely to support the partition slice system"
"... in the future"
File Systems Supported by GNU Parted
"if there are any errors in the file system
(and the vast majority of errors in general)."
"if there are any errors."
GNU Parted and the Second Extended Filesystem
"doesn't directly support for"
"doesn't directly support"
I suggest that this section simply refer to the
Hard-Disk-Upgrade.gz mini HOWTO. That HOWTO
suggests using "cp -ax" to do the copy.
In other cases a hyphen is used.
"start and end for the duplicate partition."
"... in megabytes."
"Create a 640 disk image file"
"Create a 640 MB disk image file"
Thomas Hood <address@hidden>
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