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Parted fails to read "linux-style" BSD disklabel on alpha

From: Emmanuel Kasper
Subject: Parted fails to read "linux-style" BSD disklabel on alpha
Date: Fri, 02 Jun 2006 13:15:13 +0200
User-agent: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux alpha; fr-FR; rv:1.7.8) Gecko/20060504 Debian/1.7.8-1sarge6

While testing the new debian installer for etch I noticed that the installer did not see the partitions I wanted to use.
I compiled parted 1.70 ang got the same bug.

$ parted /dev/hda print unit s print unit chs print
Error: Unable to satisfy all constraints on the partition.
Information: Don't forget to update /etc/fstab, if necessary

The disk label, as seen by fdisk 2.12b is (cylinder mode ) :

BSD disklabel command (m for help): s
# /dev/hda:
type: SCSI
bytes/sector: 512
sectors/track: 63
tracks/cylinder: 255
sectors/cylinder: 16065
cylinders: 14593
rpm: 3600
interleave: 1
trackskew: 0
cylinderskew: 0
headswitch: 0           # milliseconds
track-to-track seek: 0  # milliseconds
drivedata: 0
8 partitions:
#       start       end      size     fstype   [fsize bsize   cpg]
  a:        1*        1*        0*    unused        0     0
  b:        1      1217      1217       ext2
  c:     1217      7782      6566       ext2
  d:     7782     14593      6812       ext2

I partitioned this /dev/hda hard disk using linux's fdisk, it might be related to the problem. If you want to have access to an GNU/Linux alpha box, HP provides accounts with its testdrive programm http://www.testdrive.hp.com/.


PS: congratulation for the parted ./configure step, I found it very helpful at explaining which library you need to have to compile parted.

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