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GNU Fdisk 1.3.0a released

Item posted by Christian <it_kristian_81> on Sun 18 Sep 2011 06:30:18 PM UTC.

I am very happy to announce the release of GNU fdisk 1.3.0 ALPHA.

GNU fdisk aims to replace various UNIX operating systems' legacy
partitioning tools with libparted-based ones that mimic the
interface of those tools.

Currently implemented alternatives are:

  util-linux `fdisk'
  util-linux `cfdisk'

Both versions have a compability mode and a GNU mode
that offers additional features.


In this release we made some changes. Some of these changes
are bug fixes, other are changes to the behavior of GNU fdisk commands.

From the 3.0 release, libparted doesn't support file system operations,
so this feature was removed from GNU fdisk. We continue to support all the
operations, But we do not make any operation on the partition file system.

In detail:

cmd  |          description            |              behaviour
     |                                 |
     |                                 |
  n  | Create new partition.           | Create a new partition with
     |                                 | specific options, but do not
     |                                 | create a file system on
     |                                 | the partition.
     |                                 |
  v  | Move an existing partition.     | Change partition offset and update
     |                                 | partition table, but do not copy
     |                                 | partition data (file system).
     |                                 |
  z  | Resize an existing partition.   | Chiange partition offset and/or size
     |                                 | and update partition table, but do
     |                                 | not copy partition data.

We know that the function `resize' was important. But GNU fdisk (and GNU parted)
are programs that manage partitions; they do not deal with file systems. There
are some other programs that are specific for this.


Gzipped and b2zipped tarballs are available from

and its mirror sites. SHA1 sums may be found there as well.

The web site of GNU fdisk is at:


You can help fdisk by

  Leslie P. Polzer <>
  Christian Brunello <>

  GNU fdisk Maintainer's.

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