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Is it necessary to specify the partition type?


According to this on non-dual boot systems it is not necessary to specify the partition type. Is this accurate? Does it have any consequence not doing so?


  • coop
    coop Posts: 915

    The discussion is basically correct. You don't really have to specify a partitition type (in Linux!) to format a partition with mkfs. However, it is still a good practice (based on experience) if you want to not make a sloppy error some day (like accidentally formatting an LVM partition because it was not labelled as such etc.) I like to be able to type fdisk -l /dev/sda and see what each partition is for -- linux, swap, lvm, vfat etc. Good documentation and bookkeeping

  • pmav99

    OK, that makes sense)


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