cfdisk of os 13.2 does not show partition labels and other problems :-(

Is there any reason why new version of cfdisk on os 13.2 does not show anymore the partition label?
This is very sad. Is there an other partitioning tool which will show the labels?
The other problem is that if you have an old disk with an extended fs and it is not using the whole disk you cannot
create a new logical partition which until os 13.1 this was no problem…
A very bad incompatibility
And last but not least if you create partitions with cfdisk they are bad aligned for old systems …
Old cfdisk comes from util-linux 2.21 and new one from util-linx-2.25…

You tell a lot, but you show nothing. People want to see the commands and the output you get so they can make their own conclusions. so please show us the computer facts by copy/paste of prompt, command, output and next prompt and do so between CODE tags (the # button in the tool bar of the post editor).

BTW, I changed the title of the thread you correct your openSUSE version from 13.3 to 13.2.

2.25 changed the layout considerably from the old versions. It’s supposed to be a “user friendly basic partitioning utility”, so they must’ve felt that things like labels on a Linux system are meaningless.

Since cfdisk is maintained by some RedHat guys, you should opt to send them your feedback.


I thinsk we going to win now if you think this is user friendly …

                                                                                             Disk: /dev/sdb
                                                                        Size: 931.5 GiB, 1000204886016 bytes, 1953525168 sectors
                                                                                   Label: dos, identifier: 0x24a43ff0

    Device                      Boot                                    Start                       End                   Sectors                  Size                Id Type
>>  /dev/sdb1                                                            2048                  10487807                  10485760                    5G                83 Linux                         
    /dev/sdb2                                                        10487808                 115345407                 104857600                   50G                 7 HPFS/NTFS/exFAT
    /dev/sdb3                                                       115345408                1953525167                1838179760                876.5G                 5 Extended
    ├─/dev/sdb5                                                     115347456                 136318975                  20971520                   10G                83 Linux
    ├─/dev/sdb6                                                     136321024                 209721343                  73400320                   35G                83 Linux
    ├─/dev/sdb7                                                     209723392                 272637951                  62914560                   30G                83 Linux
    ├─/dev/sdb8                                                     272640000                 377497599                 104857600                   50G                83 Linux
    ├─/dev/sdb9                                                     377499648                 587214847                 209715200                  100G                83 Linux
    ├─/dev/sdb10                                                    587216896                 629159935                  41943040                   20G                83 Linux
    ├─/dev/sdb11                                                    629161984                 734019583                 104857600                   50G                83 Linux
    ├─/dev/sdb12                                                    734021632                 943736831                 209715200                  100G                83 Linux
    ├─/dev/sdb13                                                    943738880                1572884479                 629145600                  300G                83 Linux
    ├─/dev/sdb14                                                   1572886528                1887459327                 314572800                  150G                83 Linux
    └─/dev/sdb15                                                   1887459391                1953525167                  66065777                 31.5G                83 Linux

This was before this version and thans god that old binary works on the new system…

                                                                                       cfdisk (util-linux 2.21.2)

                                                                                          Disk Drive: /dev/sdb
                                                                                  Size: 1000204886016 bytes, 1000.2 GB
                                                                         Heads: 255   Sectors per Track: 63   Cylinders: 121601

          Name                          Flags                        Part Type                 FS Type                                  [Label]                             Size (MB)
                                                                      Primary                  Free Space                                                                        1.05                  *
          sdb1                                                        Primary                  ext4                                     [Boot]                                5368.71                  *
          sdb2                                                        Primary                  ntfs                                     [Data]                               53687.10                  *
          sdb5                          NC                            Logical                  swap                                     [Swap]                               10738.47                  *
          sdb6                          NC                            Logical                  ext4                                     [OS_12_3]                            37582.02                  *
          sdb7                          NC                            Logical                  ext4                                     [UsrLocal]                           32213.31                  *
          sdb8                          NC                            Logical                  ext4                                     [Home]                               53688.14                  *
          sdb9                          NC                            Logical                  ext4                                     [UsrLocalScratch]                   107375.24                  *
          sdb10                         NC                            Logical                  ext4                                     [Shared]                             21475.89                  *
          sdb11                         NC                            Logical                  crypto_LUKS                                                                   53688.14                  *
          sdb12                         NC                            Logical                  crypto_LUKS                                                                  107375.24                  *
          sdb13                         NC                            Logical                  ext4                                     [Multimedia]                        322123.60                  *
          sdb14                         NC                            Logical                  ext4                                     [VirtualBox]                        161062.33                  *
          sdb15                                                       Logical                  ext4                                     [OS_13_2]                            33825.72                  *

Only to show you the difference I know you are not the author, noe the maintainer :slight_smile:
I don’t want to hear the cry of a person who deleted the wrong partition if you have about 20 partitions on a server…
This layout is my laptop not server …


I think it is because they wanted to make it really, really simple - what cfdisk is meant to be.

My quote was from their man page;

Note that cfdisk provides basic partitioning functionality with a user-friendly interface.  If you need advanced features, use fdisk(8) instead.

I guess they wanted to make it really basic and simple.

They might be interested in feedback, send them a mail. The maintainer is listed in the man page at the very bottom.

If cfdisk was the only partitioner around you may have a good excuse for a rant. But there are so many other from dead simple to super complex. A tool for every need. You can use fdisk which is old school or gparted a nice GUI

fdisk suffers from same. No labels are printed…

Make things as simple as possible, but not simpler :wink:
Will post a feedback…

No, fdisk is a pure partitioning tool. It does not touch (read nor write) inside partitions, it only creates/changes the partition table (and the extensions of it in the extended partition).

The labels you are talking about are Volume Labels. They are inside the partition and are part of the structure that is occupying the partitions. In general there are file systems there. Thus a Volume Label is part of the file system. And it depends on the file system type if, how and where it resides inside the file system. You set it with tools specific for the file system (like mke2fs at creation of an ext2/3/4 file system, or tune2fs for changing an existing one). And any program that wants to read (or change) such a label must have “knowledge” about every single file system type regarding where that label is stored.

There are higher level programs (often with a GUI) that combine partitioning and file system management in one (like YaST > System > Partitioning). These tools ar generally known as partitioning tools, but they can do much more then just partitioning and this wording is confusing. These tools generally know how to label (and read the label) of the file system types they can manage.

Apparently (see posts above) the developers of cfdisk decided that it should be a pure partitioning tool like fdisk.

This functionality is back post 2.26:

commit dda7fe12acff6613f23c67de15905848b7521767
Author: Ondrej Oprala <>
Date:   Fri Feb 20 09:41:19 2015 +0100

    cfdisk: provide extra partinfo with "x"
    The new 'extra' info provides:
     * filesystem information from libblkid (TYPE, UUID, LABEL)
       This feature is based on libblkid ability to probe specified area
       on the device. It allows to probe for filesystems although the
       partition devices (e.g. /dev/sda2) does not exist. For example from
       disk image:
        # cfdisk /home/archive/fs-images/disk.img
     * additional information from libfdisk (partition UUID, Name, ...)
     * mount information from libmount (from fstab or mountinfo)