Several varieties of partitioning programs have been adapted by Debian developers to work on various types of hard disks and computer architectures. Following is a list of the program(s) applicable for your architecture.
Recommended partitioning tool in Debian. This Swiss army knife can also resize partitions, create filesystems and assign them to the mountpoints.
The original Linux disk partitioner, good for gurus.
Be careful if you have existing FreeBSD partitions on your machine. The installation kernels include support for these partitions, but the way that fdisk represents them (or not) can make the device names differ. See the Linux+FreeBSD HOWTO
A simple-to-use, full-screen disk partitioner for the rest of us.
Note that cfdisk doesn't understand FreeBSD partitions at all, and, again, device names may differ as a result.
One of these programs will be run by default when you select
tty2) by pressing Alt
and F2 keys together, and manually type in the
name of the program you want to use (and arguments, if any). Then
skip the step in
debian-installer and continue to the next step.
If you will be working with more than 20 partitions on your ide disk,
you will need to create devices for partitions 21 and beyond. The next
step of initializing the partition will fail unless a proper device is
present. As an example, here are commands you can use in
tty2 or under Execute A Shell to add a device
so the 21st partition can be initialized:
# cd /dev # mknod hda21 b 3 21 # chgrp disk hda21 # chmod 660 hda21
Booting into the new system will fail unless proper devices are present on the target system. After installing the kernel and modules, execute:
# cd /target/dev # mknod hda21 b 3 21 # chgrp disk hda21 # chmod 660 hda21
SGI Indys require an SGI disk label in order to make the system bootable from hard disk. It can be created in the fdisk expert menu. The thereby created volume header(partition number 9) should be at least 3MB large. If the volume header created is too small, you can simply delete partition number 9 and re-add it with a different size. Note that the volume header must start at sector 0.