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In the loop driver, support for partitions is optional, determined by the max_part argument when the driver is loaded. The default value is 0, so the loop driver won't even look for partitions; with a nonzero value, the driver supports that many partitions. Depending on the kernel build options, the driver may either be included in the kernel, in which case ...


You need to use losetup -P for creating a -Partitioned loop device, or else you need to partition the original loop device then partx -update the kernel's partition table afterward. The /dev/loop0p devices will appear after the kernel recognizes that the partition has actually been partitioned. Probably this is partly what the intent behind the sleep 5 is - ...

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