Bug 51783 - service for safely resizing partitions with filesystems
Summary: service for safely resizing partitions with filesystems
Status: NEW
Alias: None
Product: udisks
Classification: Unclassified
Component: operations (show other bugs)
Version: unspecified
Hardware: All All
: medium enhancement
Assignee: David Zeuthen (not reading bugmail)
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Reported: 2012-07-06 05:09 UTC by Lisa
Modified: 2015-12-07 15:25 UTC (History)
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Description Lisa 2012-07-06 05:09:58 UTC
Currently, to resize a partition with udisks one must remove and re-create it. However, recreating the partition clears all the filesystem signatures, thus losing access to any data the user could have stored there.
A good partitioning library must offer the possibility to resize a partition while maintaining its filesystem, of course when the new size is compatible with this request. My proposal is to add a service to "safely" resize partitions, and maybe also a service to query of how much the partition's size can be decreased without touching the data.
To realize the necessity of this, simply think of the common scenario when a user wishes to resize a Windows partition in order to have space for a new one to install Linux on, without losing Windows in the process.

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