I am having trouble creating a second extended file system
on a Western Digital 3.2 Gbyte EIDE drive. I am trying to
create a single partition on this disk. I am running
kernel 2.0.29, e2fsprogs 1.06, fdisk v2.0d.
First I run fdisk, make a single partition, and it reports:
Command (m for help): p
Disk /dev/hdc: 16 heads, 63 sectors, 6136 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 1008 * 512 bytes
Device Boot Begin Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/hdc1 1 1 6136 3092512+ 83 Linux native
Then I invoke mke2fs:
$ mke2fs /dev/hdc1
It reports that it is writing 378 inode tables, and it starts to spew
out a bunch of error messages after having written the 255th, for
Warning: could not write 8 blocks starting at 2277584 for
inode table: No such file or directory
If instead I partition the disk into two approximately equal sized
partitions, mke2fs does not complain.
Is there a limit of 255 inode tables ? I looked at the documentation
but could not find no reference to that. Any suggestions ?