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That link you posted looks like a very ugly hack type solution. However, according to the man page, gdisk, which is used to convert MBR -> GPT, also has an option in the "recovery & transformation" menu to convert GPT -> MBR; the g key will: Convert GPT into MBR and exit. This option converts as many partitions as possible into MBR form, ...


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Partprobe calls the BLKRRPART ioctl, which is documented in, err, include/linux/fs.h, and beyond that the kernel source (the meat is in rescan_partitions()): #define BLKRRPART _IO(0x12,95) /* re-read partition table */ The easiest way to find this out is to run strace -e raw=ioctl -e open,ioctl partprobe /dev/sdb. I think what you tried with ...


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Most of the previous respondents are correct when they say that you can usually do what you need with a GPT partition table layout, but since there are valid reasons for wanting to use MBR, I think I will just answer your question instead of assuming you are wrong for asking. To get rid of the GPT, you need to remember that with this format, there is a ...


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You can do this like this : parted /dev/sdf --script -- mkpart primary 0 -1


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Use fdisk for drives that are < 2TB and either parted or gdisk for disk > 2TB. The actual difference has to do with the partitioning formats that these tools are manipulating. For disks < 2TB you're often using MBR (Master Boot Record). For disks > 2TB you're using GPT (GUID Partitioning Table). Here's a good article that covers the differences as ...


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First, make sure you understand the difference between primary, extended and logical partitions. To create a logical partition, you first need to create the extended partition that will contain it. If there's only one partition on a drive, there's no point in not making it primary. Below I'll give instructions for a logical partition; creating a primary ...


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The extended and logical partitions make sense only with msdos partition table. It's only purpose is to allow you to have more than 4 partitions. With GPT, there are only 'primary' partitions and their number is usually limited to 128 (however, in theory there is no upper limit implied by the disklabel format). Note that on GPT none of the partitions could ...


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Use the command kpartx to create a loopback device that can then be formatted. kpartx -a /path/to/imagefile.img # Presents partitions from the image file mkfs.vfat /dev/mapper/loop0p1 # Format partition 1 mkfs.ext3 /dev/mapper/loop0p2 # Format partition 2 kpartx -d /path/to/imagefile.img # Unmaps the partitions from the image file Related kpartx ...


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The real limitation is that the fdisk tool in the util-linux package doesn't support GPT-type partition tables, which you can find on any disk. However, they're commonly found on disks greater than 2 GiB, because the old MBR-type partition tables don't support sizes that large. The easiest fix is, as the error suggested, to just use the GNU Parted software ...


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The primary reason to use gparted or parted is if the new disk is bigger than 2TB. But you probably will not be able to effectively set that up from a 32 bit system. If you want to run the new disk from your old system. Stay with a disk smaller than 2TB. You should be able to partition, format and run that from you old computer using fdisk for partitioning. ...


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This is easy using parted. The -s option is used for scripting. The following produces the same results as your fdisk line: parted -s /dev/sda mkpart primary NTFS 1 24G


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parted can print free space. Example (I chose a complicated one on purpose): # parted /dev/sda unit s print free [...] Number Start End Size Type File system Flags 63s 2047s 1985s Free Space 1 2048s 4196351s 4194304s primary fat32 lba 4196352s 4198399s 2048s ...


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You can use the same script logic for parted, but parted has to be invoked via parted -s (don't run interactively). Wheter you can use the exact same commands in your HEREDOC is unknown to me as I don't use parted. Try a manual dry run, note the commands, and put them in the HEREDOC part of your script.


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In my experience fdisk is more powerful (especially in the advanced mode), but it can leave your disk in a somewhat weird state. For example fdisk will allow your partitions to lie out of order unless you specifically tell it to reorder them, most other tools (and unless i'm very mistaken parted is one of them) will make assumptions that you want everything ...


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Unfortunately, I think you are quite screwed. If you only messed with the partition table then TestDisk is your best shot, but since you have been resizing (which actually means copying and maybe even deleting), your data is, more or less, corrupted. If you have a backup from before performing the resize operation, this is a good time to use it. Else, I ...


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For some reason your kernel fails to read the partition table: [ 8775.030291] end_request: I/O error, dev sdb, sector 0 [ 8775.030300] quiet_error: 30 callbacks suppressed [ 8775.030306] Buffer I/O error on device sdb, logical block 0 [ 8775.033781] ldm_validate_partition_table(): Disk read failed. Thus, it can't create devices for partitions as it did ...


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If you have a internet connected to you server, it is very easy: # yum -y install parted


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Parted prompts and goes into an interactive mode when you do not provide enough information to create the partition with the command. The following will create a partition that spans the entire disk and will not prompt for filesystem type: mkpart primary 1 -1


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Depending in your parted version you can define sizes in percentage. End of your last partition is at 100%.


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You appear to have both a dos and mac partition table on the disk, and parted is recognizing the mac one. You should be able to zap the mac partition table with: sudo dd if=/dev/zero count=1 bs=2 of=/dev/sda


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I am the author of those instructions on chtaube.eu :) dd is a little bit inconsistent when it comes to sizes: bs=1M defines a blocksize of 1 mebibyte meaning 1024*1024 bytes. 30 mebibytes are 30*1024*1024 = 31457280 bytes. dd's final output uses the decimal megabyte with 1 MB = 1000*1000 bytes. This is why it is shown as 31 MB. So there is nothing to worry ...


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It's a msdos partition table. For extended/logical partitions, some space is needed to store the data of the next logical partition. So a logical partition can not start on the same sector as the extended partition, nor can it end on the last sector before the next partition. You have gaps in between, since that's where each logical partition's metadata ...


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In looking at your output I'm thinking that you have several chunks of sectors that are not contiguous, and so when you print your partitions in parted these chunks are showing up as multiple blocks of free space. The default output of parted makes this difficult to see so I'd suggest changing the units from size based (kB, MB, GB, etc.) to sectors. You ...


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I think parted only accepts absolutes, not x+y. You could do it like this: (+ interpreted by shell) # start=1 # size=512 # parted /dev/loop0 unit mib mkpart primary $start $(($start+$size)) # parted /dev/loop0 unit mib print free Model: Loopback device (loopback) Disk /dev/loop0: 1000MiB Sector size (logical/physical): 512B/512B Partition Table: gpt Disk ...


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when you get this kind of message you can easily find out what packages provides the command using yum: yum whatprovides "file" yum install "package" when you run the install and it complains already installed package you can also perform: rpm -ql "package" |grep file$ repoquery -l "package" |grep file$ To know what is the path were it is installed. We ...


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With the usual mkfs commands, such as mkfs.ext4. You will need to use losetup to associate a loopback device with the file though in order to have somewhere to point mkfs to. You also may need to use partprobe to recognize the partitions on the loop device.


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ext4 does not support online shrinking. You can not shrink an ext4 volume without unmounting it (with or without LVM). If the problem is that this is your rootfs, you may be able to do the shrink from initramfs—depends on if you have console access (e.g., IP KVM). If instead you wish to grow it, that's doable, provided you have free space after the ...


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gparted 0.14.0 now supports moving/resizing lvm physical volumes.


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Have you tried the obvious -- simply concatenating vdb to vda and creating a new partition? I tried that and it seems to work. Here's what I did... I started with two files: # ls -l vd* -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 104857600 Feb 27 20:31 vda.raw -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 104857600 Feb 27 20:31 vdb.raw # file vd[ab].raw vda.raw: x86 boot sector; partition 1: ...


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They have fixed a similar problem for Gnome in Ubuntu. The fix was in gparted, so maybe it can work for Xfce too.



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